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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 Burma has agreed to sign the (a) Convention against Torture and its Optional Protocol and (b) UN Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.

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

The British Government regularly urges the Burmese Government to sign the convention against torture and its optional protocol. During my visit to Burma in December 2012, I raised this issue with senior members of the Burmese Government, and it has subsequently been raised by officials in meetings with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Office of the Attorney General.

British officials met Burmese Foreign Minister, Wunna Maung Lwin, 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 Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR). We will continue to urge the Burmese Government to sign and ratify these important international commitments.

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