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Burma

Volume 711: debated on Monday 1 June 2009

Question

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To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the Government of Burma about the Burmese political prisoner Myo Yan Naung Thein, in the light of recent comments by family members living in the United Kingdom. [HL3673]

Our ambassador in Rangoon has repeatedly raised the need for the release of all political prisoners in Burma with ministers in the military government. In the case of Yan Naung Thein, like many other prisoners, we are concerned that he is not in good health. Our embassy in Rangoon continues to inquire about specific cases with political prisoner support networks and those non-governmental organisations concerned with prisoner welfare.

In the UN’s human rights bodies we take every opportunity to press the regime to uphold international human rights norms and release political prisoners. We continue to support the work of the UN Special Rapporteur on Human rights in Myanmar, Mr Tomas Quintana. In a statement to the Human Rights Council on 18 March 2009, the UN Special Rapporteur called upon the Burmese authorities progressively to release all prisoners of conscience.

Our embassy in Rangoon continues to update Mr Quintana’s team on specific prisoners of particular concern, including Myo Yan Naung Thein.