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Burma: Crimes against Humanity

Question for Foreign and Commonwealth Office

UIN HL8477, tabled on 11 June 2018

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether UN documentation of attacks on ethnic groups in Burma provides evidence of war crimes and crimes against humanity.

Answered on

25 June 2018

‚ÄčThe UN Fact Finding Mission's interim report of March 2018 confirmed the Burmese military was primarily to blame for the widespread and systematic violence against the Rohingya in Rakhine State during August and September 2017. The Foreign Secretary has stated that while this may amount to genocide, only a court can make that determination. The UK has ensured the UN Security Council has called on the Burmese authorities to hold those responsible to account. The Government welcomes the 31 May announcement by the Burmese Government of a Commission of Inquiry and will be pressing for it to be conducted transparently and independently in order to meet international concerns.