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Burma: Military Aid

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 29th November 2016.

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Photo of Valerie Vaz Valerie Vaz Shadow Leader of the House of Commons

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his Department has undertaken a review of offering further training to the Burmese military to take account of recent serious human rights violations by the Burmese military against Rohingya civilians in Rakhine State and against ethnic Kachin civilians in Kachin State and northern Shan State, Burma.

Photo of Valerie Vaz Valerie Vaz Shadow Leader of the House of Commons

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his Department has undertaken any evaluation of how training the Burmese military has led to improvements in human rights.

Photo of Valerie Vaz Valerie Vaz Shadow Leader of the House of Commons

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what information his Department holds on whether any Burmese Army soldiers who have received training from the UK are involved in military operations against the Rohingya in Rakhine State.

Photo of Mike Penning Mike Penning The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence

The Ministry of Defence does not provide combat training to the Burmese military. We do provide educational training to the Burmese military in the form of programmes delivered by the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom on the role of the military in a democracy, leadership and English language training. The British Government does not hold information on whether any Burmese Army soldiers who have received educational training from the UK are involved in military operations against the Rohingya in Rakhine State, nor have we undertaken any evaluation of how educational training provided to the Burmese military has led to improvements in human rights. Our programme of engagement with the Burmese military remains under continual review.

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