Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Pinheiro speaks on campus

Lily Szajnberg
Issue date: 11/28/07 Section: Campus News
Media Credit: Kori Schulman

Paulo Sergio Pinheiro discussed his fact-finding mission to Myanmar for the U.N. last night.

Paulo Sergio Pinheiro has just returned from a five-day fact-finding mission in Myanmar, but before addressing the United Nations, he presented the latest analysis of the ongoing crisis in his talk, "Burma Report: The Facts on the Ground" last night at the Joukowsky Forum.

In his first public appearance since returning from the nation now in thick of a "Saffron Revolution," the United Nations special rapporteur on human rights in Myanmar and Cogut visiting professor at Brown's Center for Latin American Studies urged Brown students and faculty to stay engaged in the current conflict.

Forbidden entry to Myanmar since 2003, when the country underwent a change in leadership, Pinheiro was granted the rare opportunity of investigating the deaths and detentions imposed by the military government's, or junta's, violent crackdown on peaceful protesters in recent months. Pinheiro, who was appointed to his U.N. position in 2001 and has lectured at Brown periodically since 1997, will present a report on his findings to the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva on Dec. 11.

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