Burma: Political Prisoners

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 12th January 2018.

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Photo of Tom Brake Tom Brake Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Foreign Affairs), Liberal Democrat Chief Whip, Liberal Democrat Shadow Leader of the House of Commons

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he has made recent representations to Aung San Suu Kyi on the continued detention of political prisoners in Myanmar.

Photo of Mark Field Mark Field Minister of State

‚ÄčThe Foreign Secretary has not recently made representations on the continued detention of political prisoners in Burma.

Our Ambassador, however, has raised the issue of political prisoners on several occasions with State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi and her ministers over recent months. Since her government took office in April 2016, at least 160 political prisoners have been released. However, we estimate there are still 47 political prisoners. The UK will continue to call for their release.

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