(Sittwe, 14 February 2014): The United Nations Special Rapporteur on Human Rights for Myanmar, Tomás Ojea Quintana, today faced a public protest when had arrived in Sittwe, the Arakan capital city of western Burma.
“Around 200 local Arakanese, holding different posters, staged the demonstration in front of city’s prison gate. The agitators shouted various slogans including ‘Quintana Get Out’, ‘Quintana Go Out’, ‘We Don’t Want Quintana’ etc”, informed a protestor.
Speaking to Narinjara, Ko Nyunt , an agitator alleged that the UN representative is biased towards the outsiders (read Bengali Muslim). Quintana is ignoring the Arakanese Buddhists and hence the protest programe was organized, he added.
Quintana, who arrived in Sittwe by a morning flight on Friday and then proceeded to Sittwe prison to inspect the prisoners. When he came out from the prison protestors staged the demonstration.
It may be mentioned that Arakan witnessed a series of protests against the UN and INGOs in several parts of the State recently asking these organizations to leave the province as ‘they were bias in approach and creators of problems only’.
The UN representative is also scheduled to visit some IDP refugee camps in Sittwe and other places like Maungdaw. Quintana will also visit other province/divisions of Burma including the conflict-torn Kachin State, Sagaing division (controversial Latpadaung copper mine) and Thilawa deep sea port during his final mission.