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Yozo Yokota resigns
UN rights monitor for Burma resigns
UNITED NATIONS, June 28 (Reuter) - Yozo Yokota, a Japanese
professor has resigned from his post as the U.N. human rights
monitor for Burma, U.N. spokeswoman Sylvana Foa said on
Yokota will be replaced by Rajsoomer Lallah, an Oxford-
educated judge from Mauritius, who has frequently served on
U.N. human rights bodies and as a special rapporteur for the
Geneva-based U.N. Human Rights Commission.
U.N. sources said Yokota resigned because of planned
career changes in Tokyo as well as frustration at the lack of
logistical support from human rights staff in Geneva.
Yokota's reports over the past few years were responsible
for criticial General Assembly resolutions adopted against
Burma's military rulers, who took power in 1988 to suppress
pro-democracy movement and subsequently nullify elections.
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