Written question HL194: Baroness Northover 27-06-2017

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Asked on: 27 June 2017
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Lords
Her Majesty's Government what is their response to the UN Human Rights Council decision to investigate allegations of crimes by Myanmar's security forces against minority Rohingya Muslims.
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Answered by: Baroness Goldie
Answered on: 11 July 2017

The British Government played an instrumental role in securing the UN Human Rights Council Resolution in March 2017 which established the Fact Finding Mission to assess alleged human rights violations in Rakhine. We will now work to ensure the Mission has a robust mandate and strong composition and will be urging the Burmese authorities to cooperate fully with it.

The UK continues to seek an end to all violations and to prevent an escalation in violence, including against Rohingya Muslims. Human rights and democratic reform will remain at the heart of British policy towards Burma. We are committed to being a vocal advocate for change in Burma and will continue to press for action and to raise our concerns with the Burmese authorities.

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