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Burma

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 25th February 2013.

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Photo of David Burrowes David Burrowes Conservative, Enfield, Southgate

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on whether the Burmese Government plans to sign the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

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

The British Government regularly raises the signing of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) with our Burmese counterparts. I raised this issue with the Burmese Government during my visit to Burma from 12-15 December 2012. More recently, the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, my right hon. Friend the Member for Richmond (Yorks) (Mr Hague), raised this issue with the Burmese Foreign Minister during his visit of 11 February.

Subsequent to this discussion, British officials met the Burmese Foreign Minister on 15 February and were informed that the Burmese Government had been advised by the Burmese National Human Rights Council on December 10 that it should consider ratifying the ICCPR. We will continue to urge the Burmese Government to sign and ratify this important international commitment.

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