Friday, 2 August 2013

Speaker addresses Rangoon University

Source Parliament, 1 Aug
01 August 2013

In a speech at Rangoon University today, the Speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow, praised the welcome change of atmosphere brought about by recent reforms, but urged that reform go much further and deeper.

He said:

"A free, peaceful and democratic future for your country can be built on these foundations – the release of political prisoners, legislative and constitutional reform, a nationwide peace process involving a political dialogue leading to a federal system in which equal rights are protected and diversity is celebrated"

The Speaker was addressing Rangoon University as part of a working visit with other MPs to Burma. The visit, which includes a meeting with Aung San Suu Kyi and President Thein Sein, marks the next stage of support by the UK House of Commons for Burma's democratic journey. Since Aung San Suu Kyi was warmly welcomed to Parliament in 2012 and provided an historic address to both Houses in Westminster Hall, the House of Commons has received two delegations from the Rangoon parliament. In addition, staff of the House have been working directly with colleagues in Rangoon on enhancing scrutiny.

Full Speech: Mr Speaker's speech to Rangoon University, Burma (PDF PDF 134 KB)Opens in a new window

Background to the visit can be found in the MP Delegation to Burma news story

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