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Myanmar: Armed Conflict

Question for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

UIN HL726, tabled on 7 June 2021

To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken in response to the recent attacks on civilians in Chin and Kayah states by the military regime in Myanmar.

Answered on

21 June 2021

We are concerned about the impact of renewed fighting in Chin and Kayah States on civilian populations, and the increased vulnerability of internally displaced people as a result of COVID. We are closely monitoring the impact of the recent military attacks, including on supply routes, to ensure that support reaches those in most need. We are in close contact with the UN, NGOs and other local civil society organisations in the affected areas, and we are ensuring as much flexibility as we can in their use of UK aid to enable them to operate safely and continue providing support.

The UK continues to take strong action against the Tatmadaw for human rights violations. The violent crackdown on Civilians and Human rights is completely unacceptable and requires a strong message from the international community. Since the coup we have announced targeted sanctions against 9 high-ranking military officials and imposed sanctions on Myanmar Gems Enterprise, Myanmar Economic Holdings Ltd (MEHL) and Myanmar Economic Corporation (MEC). We have today announced that we have sanctioned Myanmar Timber Enterprise (MTE) and Myanmar Pearl Enterprise (MPE) and have designated the State Administration Council (SAC), the juntas governing body. We continue to work in concert with our partners and allies to determine a range of additional measures.