Burma: Arms Trade

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 20th September 2017.

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Photo of Afzal Khan Afzal Khan Shadow Minister (Home Office) (Immigration)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether military equipment sold by the UK to Myanmar may be used by that country's armed forces in operations involving conflict with citizens of that country.

Photo of Mark Field Mark Field Minister of State

In line with the EU Arms Embargo the UK does not sell Burma any equipment which might be used for internal repression. Our engagement with the Burmese military has been focused on educational training, designed to instil knowledge and awareness in the military of the requirement to observe human rights and the rule of international humanitarian law. However, the Prime Minister announced the Government's decision to suspend this engagement on 19 September, sending a clear message to the Burmese military that there must be an immediate end to the violence in Rakhine and full humanitarian access allowed.

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