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Question for Foreign and Commonwealth Office

UIN 216319, tabled on 27 November 2014

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make an assessment of the implications for his policies of the Legal Memorandum: War Crimes and Crimes against Humanity in Eastern Myanmar published by the International Human Rights Clinic at Harvard Law School in November 2014.

Answered on

3 December 2014

The findings of the Harvard Law School report are of serious concern. A judgement on whether war crimes or crimes against humanity have been committed is a matter for the courts, but we remain committed to the principle of accountability for all crimes through an independent and transparent judicial process.

Our wider priority is for a permanent solution to the conflicts in Burma. We are encouraging this by funding experts with experience of the peace process in Northern Ireland to support the peacemaking dialogue in Burma.