House of Lords written question – answered on 11 July 2012.

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Photo of Baroness Goudie Baroness Goudie Labour

To ask Her Majesty's Government what funding they have provided in the past year to women's organisations in Kachin State, Burma, which are assisting women who have been raped and sexually assaulted by Burmese Army soldiers.

Photo of Baroness Northover Baroness Northover Baroness in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip), Lords Spokesperson (Department for International Development)

We are deeply concerned about reports of rape having been committed by members of armed forces in Burma.

The Government have consistently called upon all armed actors including the Burmese Army and ethnic militia to protect civilian populations. DfID provides a range of assistance to women in Burma including in health, livelihoods and through our humanitarian programme. This includes the provision of assistance for trauma care in camps in Kachin State through our support to Trocaire which can help in dealing with rape cases.

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