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Myanmar: Homicide

Question for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

UIN 15327, tabled on 9 June 2022

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment she has made of the implications for her policies of the killing of six civilians in Sagaing Region’s Myinmu Township by the military in Myanmar.

Answered on

16 June 2022

The UK is deeply concerned about the continuing conflict in Sagaing Region, where thousands have been displaced and many killed. The UK Government strongly condemns reported incidences, based on credible reports of torture, sexual violence and village burnings. The UK is supporting human rights monitoring and verification on the ground.

Since the coup, the UK has had no senior bilateral engagement with the military regime but we continue to call out their actions publicly, most recently in a statement to the UN General Assembly on 13 June 2022. We also secured strong language on the protection of civilians at the UN Security Council (UNSC) on 2 February. On 26 November, the UK coordinated a joint statement which raised concern at the risk of mass atrocities in Sagaing Region and elsewhere in Myanmar, and which urged the military to end the violence. We will continue to use all available multilateral fora, including the UNSC, to raise our concerns at the targeting of civilians by the military.