Valerie raises Human Rights in Burma ahead of EU decision on lifting Sanctions

During the Leader of the House questions on 18 April 2013, Valerie raised the urgency of discussing ongoing Human Rights abuses before the meeting on Monday 22 April 2013 of EU Foreign Ministers to discuss the removal of economic sanctions on Burma.

Valerie asked:

“The Leader of the House suggests that we should wait until Foreign Office questions on Tuesday to raise the issue of Burma, but that might be too late. Human Rights Watch’s report on crimes against humanity and against the Rohingya people in Burma is out on Monday and the sanctions will be discussed on Monday, so Tuesday will be too late. Will the Leader of the House urgently raise the subject of the report with the Foreign Secretary before he goes into the debate on EU sanctions?

The minister replied:

“I am grateful to the hon. Lady and I will of course ask the Foreign Secretary or Foreign Office Ministers about that issue and, if appropriate, whether there is any update that they can give the House when it sits on Monday.”

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