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South East Asia: Human Rights

Question for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

UIN 105522, tabled on 17 January 2022

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what discussions (a) she and (b) the Minister for Asia have had with their Association of Southeast Asian Nations counterparts on human rights in (i) the region and (ii) Myanmar.

Answered on

25 January 2022

The ASEAN Charter commits Member States to rule of law, good governance, and the principles of democracy and constitutional government. Where we have concerns about human rights in the region, we raise these bilaterally, through our regular ministerial and official engagement with host governments, and multilaterally, including through UN Human Rights Council statements and the Universal Periodic Review process.

Since the coup in Myanmar, FCDO Ministers have engaged extensively with ASEAN counterparts to raise our concern about military violence and the humanitarian crisis and reiterate our support for ASEAN's efforts to resolve the crisis. I was in Cambodia and Thailand between 9-14 January. In my meetings, I reaffirmed the UK's support for ASEAN leadership and the Five Point Consensus on Myanmar.