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Burma: Prisoners

Volume 703: debated on Thursday 10 July 2008

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What representations they have made to the Government of Burma about the conditions in which political prisoners in Burma are held. [HL4525]

We are gravely concerned by the continued arrests of political activists and the conditions in which they are held in prison. Up to 2,000 political dissidents remain behind bars, many without charge and in unknown locations, outside of external supervision.

We have called repeatedly upon the Burmese regime, both in our public statements and through the regular contact between our ambassador in Rangoon and senior government representatives, to grant unhindered access to all political detainees by the International Committee of the Red Cross and other international humanitarian organisations, in accordance with international norms. We have also expressed our concern about the conditions in which political prisoners are held. We will continue to do so.

Under UK chairmanship, the UN Security Council reaffirmed its call on the regime to release all political prisoners on 2 May. The release of political prisoners, including Aung San Suu Kyi, is vital if Burma is to begin the process of inclusive national reconciliation that is the country's only path to a more prosperous and stable future.

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What steps they are taking to secure the reinstatement of regular access to Burma's prisons for international monitors such as the International Committee of the Red Cross. [HL4526]

We are gravely concerned by the continued arrests of political activists and the conditions in which they are held in prison. Up to 2,000 political dissidents remain behind bars, many without charge and in unknown locations, outside of external supervision.

We have called repeatedly on the Burmese regime, both in our public statements and through the regular contact between our ambassador in Rangoon and senior government representatives, to grant unhindered access to all political detainees by the International Committee of the Red Cross and other international humanitarian organisations, in accordance with international norms. We have also expressed our concern about the conditions in which political prisoners are held. We will continue to do so.

Under UK chairmanship, the UN Security Council reaffirmed its call on the regime to release all political prisoners on 2 May. The release of political prisoners, including Aung San Suu Kyi, is vital if Burma is to begin the process of inclusive national reconciliation that is the country's only path to a more prosperous and stable future.