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Myanmar: Human Rights and Humanitarian Situation

Question for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

UIN HL3470, tabled on 27 October 2021

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the (1) human rights, and (2) humanitarian, situation in Myanmar.

Answered on

10 November 2021

The UK is clear in its condemnation of the coup and the appalling violence by the military, which has left over 1000 people dead. In particular we condemn the troop build ups in North Western Myanmar and military violence against civilians, particularly religious minorities. We are deeply concerned at the on-going political, Covid and human rights crisis in Myanmar. The military continues to imprison opposition figures, journalists and foreign nationals and they have maintained their brutal crackdown on dissent. The UK is calling for a peaceful and inclusive resolution to the crisis, in line with the ASEAN Five Point Consensus.

The humanitarian situation in Myanmar is extremely serious. Displacement and humanitarian needs are increasing, with insecurity and the military junta is blocking humanitarian access deliveries across the country. We are working through small scale local civil society organisations which are able to mobilise community support and reach places the UN and international humanitarian community cannot access. Through our humanitarian mechanism we provide the most vulnerable populations in Myanmar with access to essential services: water, sanitation and hygiene, nutrition, food, healthcare and shelter materials.