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Volume 301: debated on Tuesday 25 November 1997

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To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights on conditions in the relocation camps within Karenni state, Burma. [17602]

My right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary has made no specific representations on this subject to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. But, with strong UK support, the President of the European Council wrote to Mrs. Robinson on 6 October about the deplorable human rights situation in Burma, urging further UN actions to improve the situation and drawing attention to the EU Common Position.The UK played a full role in ensuring that the plight of ethnic minorities in Burma was included in the UN Committee on Human Rights resolution in April. We are playing an equally active role in negotiations on the UN General Assembly Third Committee resolution on Burma, to be adopted in plenary in December.