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The European Union on Thursday demanded freedom of movement for opposition leaders in Myanmar, including Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, and criticized the human rights record of the military government in Yangon.

An EU draft resolution submitted to the United Nations Human Rights Commission currently meeting in Geneva, called on Myanmar’s government to release political prisoners and those detained in “government guest houses” and to permit “unrestricted communication with and physical access” to Suu Kyi and other political leaders.

It noted that human rights violations such as “extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, enforced disappearances, rape, torture, inhuman treatment, mass arrests” have continued in Myanmar.

Such human rights abuses have had “a significant adverse effect on the health and welfare of the people of Myanmar,” the draft said.

The EU also said the Myanmar government “has failed to cease its widespread and systematic use of forced labor of its own people” and called on its military rulers to work with the International Labor Organization. The labor group imposed sanctions on Myanmar last year.

“Concrete legislative, executive and administrative measures to eradicate” forced labor should be adopted, the EU said.

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