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Question for Foreign and Commonwealth Office

UIN 204075, tabled on 4 July 2014

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent reports he has received of the widespread use of torture in the conflict zones of Burma and alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity in that country.

Answered on

10 July 2014

We are concerned by reports of the use of torture in conflict zones in Burma. We remain one of the most vocal and active members of the international community in supporting those calling for human rights in Burma. We regularly raise our strong concerns regarding any violations of human rights with senior members of the Burmese government and military, amongst others. We strongly support work being led by international partners, including the UN, to help Burma better understand the UN Convention Against Torture, and the steps that need to be taken as part of ratification.

It is the policy of the British Government that any judgment on whether war crimes have occurred is a matter for international judicial decision, rather than for governments or non-judicial bodies. Our approach is to seek an end to all violations, and to prevent their further escalation, irrespective of whether these violations fit the definition of specific international crimes.