|Conservative Party Human Rights Commission joins protest
at Burmese Embassy
Members and supporters of the Conservative Party Human Rights Commission joined a demonstration at the Burmese Embassy on May 16, as part of a worldwide day of protest at the Burma Army’s current offensive against Karen civilians.
In recent weeks, over 15,500 Karen people have been forced to flee their villages at gunpoint. There have been reports of beheadings, torture and the shooting of civilians at point-blank range. Burma Army troops have burned homes and rice barns, and planted landmines around villages to stop civilians returning.
In the protest at the Burmese Embassy, the Conservative Party Human Rights Commission’s Deputy Chairman, Ben Rogers, promised to continue to advocate on behalf of the people of Burma. “We will not rest until the UN Security Council addresses this crisis. We will not rest until the British government provides humanitarian support to the internally displaced, and pro-active support to democracy projects,” he told the crowd.
The protest was organised by the Karen community in the UK, Burma Campaign UK, and Christian Solidarity Worldwide. Karen demonstrators were dressed in traditional costume, and violinist Ruth Rogers played the theme tune to “Schindler’s List”, which she dedicated to the Karen who are facing crimes against humanity and attempted genocide.
The BBC Ten O’Clock News on May 16 had this report:
Conservative MPs have been among the lead sponsors of a cross-party Early Day Motion condemning the attacks in Karen State. Tabled by John Bercow MP, a member of the Conservative Party Human Rights Commission, and co-sponsored by Shadow Foreign Secretary William Hague and Shadow Secretary of State for International Development Andrew Mitchell, EDM 2151 has also been signed by other Conservatives, including Caroline Spelman, Geoffrey Clifton-Brown, David Burrowes, Mark Pritchard, Michael Gove, Grant Shapps, Andrew Selous, Robert Walter, Edward Garnier, Peter Bottomley, Robert Spink and Edward Leigh.The EDM can be found at: http://edmi.parliament.uk/EDMi/EDMDetails.aspx?EDMID=30670&SESSION=875