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UN envoy 'was never in danger,' says Burmese government


Burma’s government has denied accusations that it failed to protect a top UN human rights envoy, who said his vehicle was attacked by a 200-strong Buddhist mob during a visit to a city where religious violence flared earlier this year.

President Thein Sein’s spokesman, Ye Htut, said UN rights rapporteur Tomás Ojea Quintana was never in any danger during his visit this week.

He said members of the crowd approached Quintana’s convoy in the central city of Meikhtila only to give him a letter and a T-shirt.