Burma: Sexual Offences

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 18th September 2015.

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Photo of Baroness Kinnock of Holyhead Baroness Kinnock of Holyhead Labour

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what funding they provide to organisations that support women in Burma to ensure the proper documentation of sexual violence resulting from conflict in that country.

Photo of Baroness Anelay of St Johns Baroness Anelay of St Johns Minister of State

Sexual violence in Burma remains a significant problem. Our work to date has included funding for an international non-governmental organisation to provide training to various local non-state actors on the protection of women in armed conflict and supporting a project that creates legal aid centres and provides training to paralegals to help provide advice and assistance on documenting crimes of sexual violence. Our work to provide educational courses to the Burmese military has also included components on sexual violence in conflict. The lack of effective documentation means that many cases go unreported and unpunished. During his visit in July, the Minister of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, my right hon. Friend the Member for East Devon (Mr Swire), launched the International Protocol on the Documentation and Investigation of Sexual Violence at an event in Rangoon attended by Burmese civil society groups. The International Protocol provides the know-how to enable governments and civil society organisations to produce effective reporting to an evidentiary standard capable of supporting prosecutions.

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