Myanmar

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office – in the House of Commons on 26th April 2022.

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Photo of Rushanara Ali Rushanara Ali Labour, Bethnal Green and Bow

What recent diplomatic steps her Department has taken to help support the right to freedom, democracy and the rule of law in Myanmar.

Photo of Amanda Milling Amanda Milling Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)

In February 2022, to mark a year since the coup, the UK co-ordinated a joint statement agreed by 36 countries and secured a strong UN Security Council press statement that called for a return to democracy. We also sanctioned three individuals for undermining democracy and the rule of law.

Photo of Rushanara Ali Rushanara Ali Labour, Bethnal Green and Bow

I thank the Minister for that answer, but, since the military coup on 1 February 2021, the Myanmar military has carried out brutal crackdowns aimed at suppressing widespread public opposition to its rule, and almost half a million people have been displaced, partly due to airstrikes or the threat of them. Will the Government introduce sanctions on Burmese companies that supply aviation to the military and British companies involved in any aspect of the supply of aviation fuel, including shipping and insurance services?

Photo of Amanda Milling Amanda Milling Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)

I thank the hon. Lady for her question, for everything that she does on Myanmar and for ensuring that we are having this discussion, because it is really important that we keep a focus on the situation in Myanmar. I reassure her that I have many conversations with counterparts on visits. We work closely with partners to put pressure on the regime to de-escalate the crisis, including through targeted sanctions against individuals and entities who are providing support for the military. Obviously, I cannot talk about future sanctions.