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Burma: Rohingya

Question for Foreign and Commonwealth Office

UIN HL2158, tabled on 17 October 2017

To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Myanmar regarding its reported complicity in the torture, rape and ethnic cleansing of Rohingya people.

Answered on

1 November 2017

The Foreign Secretary has been clear about the need for the Burmese authorities to end the violence in Rakhine. He has made these points in telephone conversations with State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi on 7 and 17 September and with the Burmese National Security Advisor and Deputy Foreign Minister at a meeting of foreign ministers he convened at the UN on 18 September.

The Minister of State for Asia and the Pacific met Burma's Minister of State for Foreign Affairs on 20 September at the UN and State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi in Burma on 27 September, and reiterated the same messages.

The UK has led international efforts on Rakhine. The UK has raised Burma three times at the UN Security Council (UNSC) since the outbreak of violence. The UN Security Council has called for the Burmese authorities to stop the violence and allow humanitarian access. We are actively engaged with other Council members to work on further necessary action. ​​