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Burma: Human Rights

Question for Foreign and Commonwealth Office

UIN HL3105, tabled on 13 November 2017

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, following the expulsion of Rohingyas from Myanmar and the recent UN Resolution, they intend to press for (1) a worldwide arms embargo against Myanmar, (2) a sanctions target on Burmese generals and senior officials, and (3) a UN General Assembly Resolution against all current and future ethnic and religious clearances or expulsions.

Answered on

27 November 2017

We are committed to working with the Government of Burma and international partners to resolve the situation in Rakhine state. The overwhelming support for the Burma Resolution in the UN Third Committee on 16 November – which the UK co-sponsored - demonstrates the strength of feeling across the international community. We will continue to call on the Burmese government to send a clear message that the security forces must stop the violence; to ensure a full investigation of allegations of human rights violations; to allow full access to the UN Fact Finding Mission and to commit to ensuring accountability for the perpetrators

We believe t​he adoption by the UN Security Council of the Presidential Statement on 6 November is a significant step. While encouraged by recent statements by Aung San Suu Kyi, we expect action to be taken on the Council's statement. International pressure will continue until those forced to flee can return in safety, free from fear of persecution and attack.​