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.