Myanmar: Sexual Offences

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office written question – answered on 23rd December 2021.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to prevent sexual violence being used as a weapon of war against the Rohingya population, and others, in Myanmar; and what steps they are taking to help the victims of this crime.

Photo of Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)

The UK is integrating survivor centred activities across its portfolio. Under our humanitarian programmes, partners are seeking to prevent all forms of gender based violence, including for the Rohingya. As part of this, the UK provides funding to organisations both in central and northern Rakhine for protection monitoring. Our partners are tracking human rights violations and atrocity risks, including conflict related sexual violence, enabling humanitarian actors to better respond to gendered protection needs. UK health programmes integrate gender-based violence prevention activities into health services, and provide psychosocial support to survivors. We have also funded the development of important minimum standards for remote case management for gender-based violence survivors.

The UK is building strong and inclusive women's movements nationwide, recognising that this is an evidence-based approach to preventing gender-based violence.

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