Jan 2015: Trade Promotion and Respect for Human Rights
“Hand in Hand” or Conflict of Interest?
UK Trade Promotion and Respect for Human Rights: The Case of Burma
Macmillan Room, Portcullis House
18.30 to 20.00, Monday 12 January 2015
Chair: Lisa Nandy MP, Chair of the APPG ICR
- Meghna Abraham, Amnesty International
- Mark Farmaner, Director, Burma Campaign UK
- Foreign Affairs Select Committee*
- Foreign & Commonwealth Office
- Donna Guest, Senior Advisor for SE Asia and John Morrison, Executive Director, Institute for Human Rights & Business
Following the lifting of EU sanctions in April 2013, a UK Trade & Investment Office has been opened in Burma to provide practical support to British companies. The recent Foreign Affairs Select Committee report on the FCO’s human rights work in 2013 recognised serious failings in human rights in Burma, and recommended that the UK Government call for the re-imposition of sanctions if the situation did not improve.
The report noted that the UK Government’s claim that human rights and business interests go “hand in hand” was undermined by Ministers sending conflicting messages that appeared to indicate that advocating human rights was subservient to promoting UK trade and investment.
This meeting looks at the issues involved with UK Government protection of human rights and promotion of business interests, with a focus on Burma.
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