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Myanmar: Internally Displaced People and War Crimes

Question for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

UIN HL700, tabled on 7 June 2022

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of Amnesty International's report Bullets rained from the sky, published on 31 May, about war crimes and displacement in eastern Myanmar.

Answered on

22 June 2022

The UK Government is deeply concerned by Amnesty International's latest report which highlights widespread atrocities against communities in Kayin and Kayah States, including indiscriminate attacks against civilians. We have been clear in our condemnation of the military coup in Myanmar. We are committed to ending the culture of impunity and continue to push for de-escalation of violence to create space for a political resolution. We are also fully committed to responding to urgent humanitarian needs, particularly for the most vulnerable communities, as well as supporting and sustaining the pro-democracy movement.

We are using sanctions to target the military's access to equipment which allows them to continue their campaign of violence. We have provided £500,000 to the Independent Investigative Mechanism for Myanmar which collects and preserves evidence of human rights violations for future prosecution. We also established the Myanmar Witness programme which gathers and reports on open-source information on serious human rights violations and abuses, including those against the Rohingya.