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Foreign Office Minister welcomes UN General Assembly Resolution on Human Rights in Burma

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Hugo Swire welcomes the resolution on the human rights situation in Burma which was again agreed by consensus at the UN General Assembly.

The UN General Assembly adopted a resolution on human rights in Burma on 21 November 2014. Welcoming the resolution, Foreign Office Minister Hugo Swire said:

I very much welcome the resolution on the human rights situation in Burma which was again agreed by consensus at the UN General Assembly. The international community has again demonstrated its shared commitment to promoting and protecting the human rights of the Burmese people. I also welcome the constructive engagement of the Burmese Government in the negotiation process. The year ahead promises to be a pivotal one in Burma’s transition. The resolution rightly identifies the progress made by the Burmese government, but clearly sets out those areas where improvements to human rights and freedoms are needed if that transition is ultimately to be judged successful. In particular, in this critical year, the Burmese government must ensure credible and inclusive elections, release all remaining political prisoners and take action to address the situation in Rakhine State.

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