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Burma: Oppression

Volume 465: debated on Tuesday 23 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received of the recent death under interrogation of a pro-democracy activist in Burma; and what representations he has made to the Burmese authorities. (159301)

We are aware of reports of the death in custody of Win Shwe.

We have repeatedly condemned the Burmese Government’s violent suppression of the recent peaceful demonstrations and the treatment of pro-democracy activists across Burma.

On 15 October, the Council of the European Union released a statement which called for a thorough and impartial investigation of the deaths of demonstrators and other human rights violations in Burma. We, and partners, are urging the Burmese authorities to admit the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights to Burma forthwith and co-operate fully with him.