MP raises concerns about human rights in Kachin State, Burma
11th July 2012
David Burrowes raises concerns about reports of human rights abuses in Kachin State, Burma and urges the Government to ensure that international aid reaches the Kachin people.
Mr David Burrowes (Enfield, Southgate) (Con): Despite the signs of hope, I am sure that the Secretary of State will share my concern about the recent reports of human rights abuses in Kachin state—Christians being persecuted, women being gang raped and internally displaced persons camps becoming pools of prey for human trafficking. Can he assure me that international aid with robust human rights protection will reach the Kachin people?
Mr Mitchell: My hon. Friend identifies a matter of great concern in Kachin. We have set aside £2 million for humanitarian support there, of which some £1.2 million has already been allocated.