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Burma: Political Prisoners

Volume 496: debated on Wednesday 9 September 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received on the imprisonment of Kyaw Khaing in Burma; what discussions he has had with the Burmese government on the matter; and if he will make a statement. (289216)

We are very concerned by reports that National League for Democracy leader Kyaw Khaing was sentenced to a further two year prison term on 14 July 2009. Our ambassador in Rangoon repeatedly raises the need for the release of all political prisoners in Burma with Ministers in the military government. Our embassy in Rangoon continues to enquire about specific cases with political prisoner support networks and those non-governmental organisations concerned with prisoner welfare.

We take every opportunity, including via the UN human rights bodies, to press the regime to uphold international human rights norms and release political prisoners. Most recently, G8 leaders called for the Burmese regime to release all political prisoners, including Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, stating that their continued detention would undermine the credibility of elections planned for 2010.