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Burma: Rohingya

Question for Foreign and Commonwealth Office

UIN HL7659, tabled on 13 April 2016

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the access to fundamental rights of the Rohingya in Burma, and of adherence to international law in Burma, including during Burmese Army attacks on Shan and Kachin states.

Answered on

25 April 2016

We remain deeply concerned at the lack of fundamental human rights affecting the Rohingya in Rakhine State. It is also clear that violations and abuses continue to occur in conflict affected areas of Kachin and Northern Shan. The recent increase in fighting there is a setback to the gains made in the peace process during 2015. We call on all parties to stop fighting and engage in dialogue towards a truly nationwide ceasefire and a lasting political solution.

Addressing the problems of Rakhine, particularly the desperate situation of the Rohingya community, and reinvigorating the peace process are two of the most urgent and serious challenges facing the new government. We will continue to support and encourage the National League for Democracy-led government in making progress on these.