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UN human rights body to hold special session on Myanmar
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11:07, September 29, 2007

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The UN Human Rights Council announced Friday that it would hold a special session on the human rights situation in Myanmar next week.

The session will take place Tuesday, president of the 47-state body Doru Romulus Costea said.

In a statement, Costea said the decision for the special session was made following a request by 17 member states, which surpassed the one-third majority required.

This will be the fifth special session convened by the Human Rights Council since it was created in June 2006.

At previous special sessions, the council has mainly focused on situations in the Palestinian territories, Lebanon and Darfur of Sudan.

On Thursday afternoon, eight male protestors were reportedly killed and 42 others injured by shots fired by security forces against demonstrators in Myanmar's biggest city of Yangon.

Source: Xinhua

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