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Twenty-Third Session of the Universal Periodic Review, Geneva, 2 to 13 November 2015

The UK delivers its statement on the Universal Periodic Review of Burma, 6 November 2015.

The UPR takes place at the Palais des Nations in Geneva
The UPR takes place at the Palais des Nations in Geneva

Thank you Mr President

While there has been very significant progress in the country, many concerns remain, especially mistreatment of the Rohingya, addressing inter-communal tensions, and resolving the conflict through a comprehensive and inclusive political dialogue.

We have two recommendations:

  1. Urgently address the needs of the Rohingya community by: guaranteeing security, ensuring full humanitarian access across Rakhine, removing restrictions on freedom of movement, and establishing a pathway to citizenship.

  2. Implement the National Action Plan for the Advancement of Women by: amending legislation to include sexual violence in conflict within the Preventing Sexual Violence Law, removing military impunity for human rights violations - including sexual violence - and appointing a Gender Advisor within the President’s Office.

On Sunday, the people go to the polls. A vote that is credible, inclusive, transparent and which represents the will of the people would stand as a lasting legacy for the government.

Thank you.

Published 20 November 2015