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British Parliament Urges Stronger Action on Burma


Members of the British parliament have called on the government to raise Burma's human rights record during today's United Nations Security Council meeting.

During a special session Wednesday in parliament's Westminster Hall, opposition Conservative Party lawmaker Stephen Crabb called on Prime Minister Tony Blair to take a more active role in pressuring Burma's military government on its human rights record.

Crabb noted that Wednesday marked a total of 11 years that Burmese pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi had been held under house arrest.

Another Conservative Party member, Geoffrey Clifton-Brown, cited the so-called "dirty list" of British companies doing business with Burma.

He called on the British government to contact the companies and explain that they are merely propping up Burma's government. Britain's minister for Europe, Geoff Hoon, noted the government already discourages companies from investing in Burma.

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