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29 Oct 2010 14:38
United Nations human rights chief Navi Pillay said on Friday that Burma had failed so far to meet international standards for “genuine elections”, 10 days ahead of the poll.
“On 7 November the electoral process will culminate in voting and counting at polling stations around most of the country,” the High Commissioner for Human Rights said in a statement.
“However, conditions for genuine elections that meet international standards have so far not been reached,” she added.
Pillay reiterated calls by the UN for the release more than 2 000 political prisoners, and for the military junta to respected freedom of assembly and expression.
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said on Friday that it was not too late for a “credible, democratic” transition, ahead of the much-criticised November 7 election.—AFP
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