U.N. human rights expert Quintana arrives in Myanmar for 10-day trip

The U.N. special rapporteur on the human rights situation in Myanmar, Tomas Ojea Quintana, arrived in Myanmar on Sunday for a 10-day visit at the invitation of the government to visit several states and meet officials from the government and civic groups.

During his stay, Quintana will tour areas where religious and communal clashes have recently occurred including Sittwe in the western state of Rakhine, and Meikhtila in the Mandalay Region.

Rakhine is home to around 800,000 people of the Rohingya Muslim minority in the largely Buddhist country.

He will also visit other ethnic minority areas including Kachin State and Chin State.

He plans to meet with several government ministers in the capital Naypyitaw after visiting those areas.

He will also meet opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi there in her capacity as chair of an investigation commission into a controversial Chinese-backed copper mine in central Myanmar.