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Myanmar: Military Coups

Question for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

UIN 179219, tabled on 12 April 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what estimate he has made of (a) the number of political prisoners in Myanmar and (b) the number of peaceful protestors killed in Myanmar since the coup in that country.

Answered on

15 April 2021

The reports of the arbitrary detention of thousands of people, as well as credible reports of torture are deeply concerning. The Assistance Association for Political Prisoners estimates that 3,000 people have been detained and over 700 killed since the start of the coup. The UK is appalled at the actions of the military in killing its own people. The killing of children, many in their own homes, is particularly abhorrent. The violent crackdown on peaceful protestors is completely unacceptable and requires a strong message from the international community. It is essential that all those arbitrarily detained, are released. We condemn the politically motivated charges against those who are protesting the coup.

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