British Members of Parliament called for an investigation into crimes against humanity in
In the historic debate, MPs called for the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to visit
The Secretary of State for International Development, Douglas Alexander MP, announced plans to double British aid to
The Shadow Secretary of State for International Development, Andrew Mitchell MP, who travelled with Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) to the Thai-Burmese border and visited
Mr Mitchell also joined other MPs in urging the Government to investigate crimes against humanity in
During the debate, David Burrowes MP and Lord Alton attended a vigil opposite Parliament organised by Burmese exiles. Following the debate, Nigel Evans MP joined CSW’s Advocacy Officer Benedict Rogers and CSW supporters in an overnight vigil in
Commenting on the debate, Benedict Rogers said: “We warmly welcome this historic and timely debate in the House of Commons. We are delighted to see such passionate support in all political parties in the
CSW is a human rights organisation which specialises in religious freedom, works on behalf of those persecuted for their Christian beliefs and promotes religious liberty for all.
Notes to Editors:
- The debate drew cross-party support. The Shadow Foreign Secretary, William Hague MP, called for a binding UN Security Council resolution and an arms embargo. The Liberal Democrats spokesman, Mark Hunter MP, called on the UK Government to disclose the names of British companies trading with
. The Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee, Labour MP Mike Gapes, and the Chairman of the Human Rights Committee, Labour MP Ann Clwyd, called for pressure on the Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN), particularly Burma Thailand, while other MPs highlighted the importance of Chinaand . India
- For a full transcript of the debate, see http://www.publicat
ions.parliament. uk/pa/cm200607/ cmhansrd/ cm071029/ debtext/71029- 0008.htm# 0710299000002
- For a copy of the House of Commons International Development Committee report, DFID Assistance to Burmese Internally Displaced People and Refugees on the Thai-Burma Border, published on 25 July 2007, see www.parliament.
- For a copy of DFID’s Response, published on 23 October 2007, see www.parliament.