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Burma: Rohingya

Question for Foreign and Commonwealth Office

UIN HL3572, tabled on 28 November 2016

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to reports that Burma has denied basic rights to the Rohingya Muslim minority in Burma to citizenship, marriage, worship, and education.

Answered on

12 December 2016

We remain deeply concerned about the human rights of the Rohingya community in Burma. The Rohingya continue to suffer from severe restrictions on their access to schools and places of worship. We have previously put on record our concerns about the 1982 Citizenship Law, and the so-called protection of race and religion laws putting restrictions on interfaith marriage. The Government of Burma has taken steps to address the underlying problems in Rakhine State, including by establishing a hybrid Burmese/international Rakhine Advisory Commission, led by Kofi Annan, to provide independent advice on resolving inter-communal tensions.