Burma

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 12th February 2014.

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Photo of Fiona Bruce Fiona Bruce Conservative, Congleton

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received of rape, sexual violence and murder of rape victims by members of the military in Burma; and what assessment he has made of whether such crimes amount to a crime against humanity.

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

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has received a number of reports containing allegations of rape, sexual violence and murder of rape victims by the Burmese Army, including from the non-governmental organisation (NGO) community and Burmese ethnic groups.

I recently raised the issue of sexual violence with senior Ministers, the Commander in Chief and the Northern Commander during my visit to Burma in January. We continue to make clear that where serious crimes have been committed those who have perpetrated them should be held accountable for their actions.

A full independent investigation would be required to make an assessment as to whether crimes against humanity have been committed.

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