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UN envoy says Myanmar failed to protect him in attack

UN Human Right Rapporteur on Rights in Myanmar Tomas Ojea Quintana talks to journalists during a press conference prior to his departure from Yangon airport on August 21, 2013. The UN's rights envoy to Myanmar accused the nation's government Wednesday of failing to protect him when his convoy came under attack in a town hit by religious unrest.

UN Human Right Rapporteur on Rights in Myanmar Tomas Ojea Quintana talks to journalists during a press conference prior to his departure from Yangon airport on August 21, 2013. The UN's rights envoy to Myanmar accused the nation's government Wednesday of failing to protect him when his convoy came under attack in a town hit by religious unrest.  (AFP)

The UN's rights envoy to Myanmar accused the nation's government Wednesday of failing to protect him when his convoy came under attack in a town hit by religious unrest.

"The state has to protect me as a responsibility... this did not happen. The state failed to protect me," the UN special rapporteur on human rights for Myanmar, Tomas Ojea Quintana, told reporters at the end of his 10-day visit to the country.

No one was injured in the incident on August 19 in central Myanmar, where anti-Muslim violence in March left at least 44 people dead.

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