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Burma: Rohingya

Question for Foreign and Commonwealth Office

UIN 64437, tabled on 20 February 2017

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if the Government will support an independent international investigation into human rights violations committed by the Burmese military against the Rohingya Muslin community in Rakhine state as set out in the recent report of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights at the forthcoming session of the UN Human Rights Council.

Answered on

28 February 2017

We are concerned about reports of human rights violations against the Rohingya Muslim community in Rakhine. We have called repeatedly for an independent investigation into these reports. The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has issued a substantive report on the violations carried out by the military in Rakhine State since 9 October. The UN Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in Burma is also due to issue a full report in March ahead of the UN Human Rights Council.

In light of the two reports we will consider, with our EU and international partners, what scope there is for further enhancing scrutiny of the military's actions in Rakhine.