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Burma: Political Prisoners

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 10th February 2010.

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Photo of John Pugh John Pugh Shadow Minister (Health), Shadow Minister (Treasury)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he has had discussions in the United Nations Human Rights Council on the arrest of pro-democracy activist Nyi Nyi Aung in Burma in September 2009.

Photo of Ivan Lewis Ivan Lewis Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office)

We are deeply concerned at the arrest and imprisonment of Nyi Nyi Aung and are monitoring his case closely.

We continue to take every opportunity to raise the detention of Burma's 2100 political prisoners in the UN's Human Rights bodies. At the last session of the Human Rights Council in September 2009, and at the UN General Assembly in November 2009, we helped to secure strong resolutions calling for the release of all of political prisoners. We will be looking to raise the issue again, and secure a further resolution, at the next session of the Human Rights Council in March 2010.

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