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Burma: Crimes of Violence

Question for Foreign and Commonwealth Office

UIN 8310, tabled on 4 September 2017

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the accuracy of recent reports of a massacre in Chut Pyin village in the Sittwe District of Rakhine State, Myanmar.

Answered on

12 September 2017

​We are deeply concerned by the situation in Rakhine State and reports of a disproportionate response by the security forces to attacks by Rohingya militants. That is why on 30 August, the UK convened a discussion on Burma at the UN Security Council, where we urged restraint and called for all parties to de-escalate tensions. Along with the de-escalation of fighting, our immediate priority is how urgent food and medical assistance can be provided to displaced civilians from all communities. Also, our Embassy in Burma visited in Sittwe two weeks ago and plan to visit again imminently.