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Burma: Crimes against Humanity

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 27th June 2018.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government what actions they have taken following reports that crimes against humanity are being committed against religious or ethno-religious minorities in Burma.

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The Foreign Secretary expressed his deep concern about fighting in Kachin on 5 June, and the Minister for Asia and the Pacific called on 11 May for Burma's military to respect International Humanitarian Law, show restraint and protect civilians in Kachin. In their meeting on 3 May the British Ambassador called on Burma's Commander in Chief to ensure Burma's military protected civilians during operations in Kachin.

The UK has ensured the UN Security Council has called for accountability for human rights violations in Rakhine including through its 31 May letter to Burma calling on it to establish an independent and transparent investigation with international involvement. The UK also continues to support the UN Fact Finding Mission into human rights violations and abuses in Burma; we await its final report in September 2018.

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