Thursday, May 17, 2012

British MPs support aid increase to ‘victims of conflict’

Thursday, 17 May 2012 17:47 Mizzima News

(Mizzima) – Sixty-six British MPs across all parties called for the continued increase of UK aid to victims of conflicts in Burma, Burma Campaign UK said on Thursday in a statement.

Their support was expressed in an “Early Day Motion,” a kind of parliamentary petition.

The MPs expressed concern about the people displaced last year in Burma by conflict and human rights abuses, which doubled to almost 150,000 and expressed alarm that the Burmese government is continuing to block humanitarian aid to hundreds of thousands of people in conflict zones.

The motion also expressed concern for refugees in camps in neighbouring Thailand who have fled the conflict areas and are facing cuts in rations of 22 per cent, which could cause increased malnutrition in children, the statement said.

The motion called on the British Government to increase aid to populations displaced by conflict, including significant increases in cross-border aid, which can be the only way to access large numbers of displaced people and refugees in Thailand-Burma border areas.

Since 2007, the International Development Committee of the British Parliament has called for increases in cross-border aid.

Mary Hla, campaigns officer at Burma Campaign UK, said, “This is the only way to support the basic needs of IDPs and refugees in conflict zones.” She said cross- border aid is the only hope for internally displaced people and refugees in Thailand-Burma Border areas.”

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