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Burma

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 19th October 2012.

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Photo of Graham Jones Graham Jones Opposition Assistant Whip (Commons)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received of crimes against humanity being committed by the Burmese government against Burmese people.

Photo of Hugo Swire Hugo Swire The Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office

The promotion of the rule of law and protection of human rights are central to our relationship with Burma. As the largest aid donor to Burma, we are in regular contact with ethnic groups and Non Governmental Organisations, and remained concerned about reported human rights, abuses particularly in ethnic areas.

We strongly supported a UN resolution at the UN Human Rights Council in March which called on the Burmese government to take urgent measures to end the targeting of civilians in military operations, and prevent rape and other forms of sexual violence.

During the upcoming UN General Assembly 3(rd) Committee (Human rights) discussion of Burma due to take place in November we will again press for a UN resolution which highlights again these concerns.

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