Baroness Cox, contributed to a Private Notice Question on Burma military coup

Baroness Cox, contributed to a Private Notice Question in the House of Lords Asked by Lord Alton of Liverpool on the reported Burma military coup. Debated on Tuesday 2 February 2021:

(Lord Alton: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the reported military coup in Burma.)

Baroness Cox
My Lords, is the Minister aware that I visited Burma many times to provide aid and advocacy for ethnic minorities suffering offences by the Burmese army? Just today, I have spoken to colleagues inside Burma, who report continuing attacks by the Burmese army in Kachin, northern Shan and Kayin states, with thousands of displaced people. My colleagues’ urgent requests are for the international community to engage directly with leaders of ethnic groups and for aid to be sent across borders to them and to NGOs working with them, as aid sent to the Government will not reach those in greatest need. Will the Minister give some reassurance regarding these urgent and serious requests?

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon
My Lords, the noble Baroness and I have often spoken about these important issues. In light of the coup, the Foreign Secretary has today announced a review of all support, including that sent to the Myanmar Government, with a view to suspend it unless, as the noble Baroness has suggested, there is direct exceptional humanitarian reasons not to do so. We will be working with people and NGOs on the ground to ensure that vital humanitarian access.

Original source and full debate by clicking this link: Burma: Military Coup Volume 809: debated on Tuesday 2 February 2021

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