Shan human rights activist Charm Tong, who last year met US President George W Bush, will make another high-profile trip this week as she heads to England, where she will discuss Burma with British MPs including Foreign Minister Jack Straw. The two-day trip-which begins on Tuesday-will also include a joint press conference at Westminster with shadow Foreign Minister William Hague and a discussion with Conservative Party leader David Cameron. Tong will also team up with the head of the Arakan Rohingya National Organization, Nurul Islam, and Guy Horton, author of Dying Alive: A Legal Assessment of Human Rights Violations in Burma, in a briefing on Burma to the newly-founded Conservative Party Human Rights Commission.

The trip will offer the increasingly high-profile Tong the chance to lobby the British government on Burma and comes after she made a similar visit to the US last October and November, during which she met Bush for 50 minutes at the White House.