To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, how much Government funding is currently provided to Myanmar civil society organisations documenting Human Rights violations; and if she will increase funding to the human rights defenders and civil society organisations in Myanmar that are collecting evidence of the Myanmar military activities.
9 February 2022
Since the military coup in February 2021 the UK has been working to protect the civic space, human rights and media freedom. This includes supporting human rights organisations to gather evidence of human rights violations across Myanmar, including around gender-based violence, as well as emergency funding to help journalists and media organisations continue their work in Myanmar. This year, the UK has provided over £1.5 million on human rights monitoring. This includes establishing Myanmar Witness; a human rights monitoring mechanism which collects and verifies open-source information on serious human rights violations and ensures there is a spotlight on the military's actions.