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OUR HOPES FOR BURMA – BARONESS GOUDIE’S PARLIAMENTARY QUESTIONS

Tue, Mar 5, 2013

Human Rights, Uncategorized

Burma Questions: 7th February 2013

Asked by Baroness Goudie:
To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have made any proposals to European Union partners to ensure stricter enforcement of the European Union arms embargo on Burma.

Baroness Warsi: Senior Minister of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs:
The EU arms embargo on Burma is enforced by EU member states using domestic legislative powers. The UK has not made any proposals to other EU partners on stricter enforcement of the EU arms embargo.

If the Government were to receive credible information relating to a suspected breach of the arms embargo, we would bring this to the attention of the relevant EU member state.

Asked by Baroness Goudie:
To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with the Government of Burma regarding the imprisonment of Lanpai Gam.

Baroness Warsi: Senior Minister of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs:
Our embassy officials in Rangoon have not had discussions with the Burmese Government about the case of Lanpai Gam to date.

However, we welcome the positive steps taken by the Burmese Government on the release of political prisoners, their commitment to a prisoner review mechanism and access to prisons for the International Committee of the Red Cross. We continue to monitor progress the Burmese Government are making on their commitment to establish a committee to review remaining political prisoner cases, and welcome President Thein Sein’s announcement on 7 February that the committee will include civil society leaders and Members of Parliament.

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Women, Peace and Security – UN Security Council Resolution 1325

Women, Peace and Security 

 

UN Security Council Resolution 1325 was the first of its kind to specifically address the unique impact of conflict on women, and women’s important contributions to conflict resolution and sustainable peace. Passed in 2000, it marked a watershed moment when the international community formally recognized the integral role of women and gender to peace and security. UNSCR 1325 has remained an essential tool for encouraging governments to fulfill their obligations to ensure women are included as agents for peace and security in all processes, and its framework has inspired further action by the UN and civil societies and governments around the world to mainstream gender into their work on conflict resolution.

 

Following UNSCR 1325, subsequent Security Council Resolutions further defined the importance of women’s roles in conflict and peacebuilding. Resolutions 1820, passed in 2008, and 1888, passed in 2009,  recognize sexual violence as an issue of international peace and security and reiterate the need for a comprehensive response to sexual and gender-based violence. In 2010, Resolution 1960 created specific steps needed for the prevention of sexual violence, and Resolution 2106 in 2013 looked specifically at accountability for crimes of sexual violence. The most recent resolution on women, peace and security, UNSCR 2122, aims to strengthen measures to improve the participation of women in all phases of conflict resolution and prevention.

 

UNSCR 1325 and successive Resolutions are an important show of international support that ensure women, peace and security are on the agenda for international organizations and governments across the globe, but there are many steps between the passage of such resolutions and their full implementation on the ground.  One tool that helps bridge this gap are National Action Plans(NAPs), written plans that specify how a country will mainstream gender, and the principles of 1325 into its defense, development and diplomatic activities. Over 36 countries in the world have drafted NAPs, and that number is growing every year.

 

In addition to government- and UN-level documents and programs, it is important to consider the work women do in more informal, Track II diplomatic and peace negotiations. Around the world, women are active as civil society leaders, and in many cases, such as Liberia, Northern Ireland and the Philippines, their grassroots work has played a major role in peace processes.

 

For more resources on women, peace and security, visit The Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and SecurityPeaceWomenUSIP, and The Institute for Inclusive Security.

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