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House of Lords written question – answered on 6th June 2011.

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Photo of Lord Avebury Lord Avebury Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken, either on their own or in collaboration with other states and international organisations, to secure the release of 250 Buddhist monks detained in Burma.

Photo of Lord Howell of Guildford Lord Howell of Guildford Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (International Energy Policy)

The unconditional release of Burma's over 2,000 political prisoners, including at least 200 Buddhist monks, is an important benchmark by which the UK judges the Burmese Government. We raise our concerns at their continued detention and press for their release with Burma's leaders at every opportunity. In their meeting with the new Burmese ambassador to the United Kingdom on 5 May 2011, senior Foreign and Commonwealth Office officials urged Burma to release all political prisoners. Our ambassador to Rangoon reiterated this message during meetings with Burmese Ministers on 10 May 2011.

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