UN envoy says Myanmar failed to protect him in convoy attack
YANGON (AFP) - The UN's rights envoy on Myanmar on Wednesday slammed the nation's government for failing to protect him when his convoy came under attack in a town reeling from religious unrest.
"The state has to protect me as a responsibility... This did not happen. The state failed to protect me," Tomas Ojea Quintan, the United Nations special rapporteur on human rights, told reporters at the end of his 10 day visit to the country.
No one is thought to have been injured in the incident, which occurred on Aug 19 in the town of Meiktila, central Myanmar, where anti-Muslim violence in March left at least 44 dead.
In a statement the UN envoy said his vehicle "was descended upon by a crowd of around 200 people who proceeded to punch and kick the windows and doors of the car while shouting abuse".