HL Deb 27 April 1998 vol 589 cc3-4WA
Lord Alton of Liverpool

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What representations they made to place the plight of Karen refugees and the abuse of human rights in Burma on the agenda of the recent ASEM II Conference in London; what action they are taking to have those responsible for continuing violations of human rights brought before an international war crimes tribunal; and what action has been taken since the meeting between Mr. Derek Fatchett MP and Premier Oil on 17 December 1997 to dissuade the company from economic investment in Burma. [HL1517]

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean

During ASEM 2, the human rights and political situation in Burma were discussed, including the plight of refugees on the Thai-Burma border. There is at present no international tribunal with jurisdiction over crimes against humanity in Burma. Officials remain in regular contact with Premier Oil. They met most recently on 14 April. We continue to make clear the reasons why we do not encourage British companies to trade or invest in Burma.