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Myanmar's burgeoning democracy 'fragile': UN expert

Published on Mar 13, 2014 2:31 AM

GENEVA (AFP) - Myanmar's transition to democracy remains "fragile" with ethnic minorities still suffering widespread abuse and the military maintaining its influence in most institutions, a UN expert said Wednesday.

"The rule of law cannot yet be said to exist in Myanmar," Tomas Ojea Quintana, the UN's special rapporteur on the human rights situation in the country, said in a statement.

"For the time being, the military retains a prevailing role in the life and institutions, (which) in general remain unaccountable," he said of the situation three years after Myanmar emerged from military rule.

If authorities did not tackle "impunity and systematic discrimination in Rakhine State", it could jeopardise the entire reform process, Mr Ojea Quintana warned.

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