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Bangladesh and Burma: Rohingya

Question for Foreign and Commonwealth Office

UIN 58612, tabled on 20 December 2016

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to the governments of Burma and Bangladesh on the Rohingya people in those countries; and if he will make a statement.

Answered on

9 January 2017

The Government is deeply concerned about the welfare of the Rohingya community in Burma, especially in light of a number of security operations launched in response to the attack on police posts on 9 October. Foreign and Commonwealth Office Ministers and our Ambassador in Rangoon have raised our concerns at the highest levels with the Government of Burma on a number of occasions in recent weeks. On 29 November I raised the issue of the Rohingya with the visiting Burmese Minister for Construction, and relayed calls for the immediate resumption of humanitarian access to Northern Rakhine. I reiterated our call for an independent investigation into allegations of human rights abuses. In a meeting with the Bangladesh High Commissioner, also on 29 November, I welcomed the existing humanitarian assistance provided by the Bangladesh Government to date and urged the government not to return into danger people who seek refuge in Bangladesh.

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