To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the governments of (1) China, (2) Laos, (3) the Philippines, (4) Russia, and (5) Vietnam, regarding the announcement on 16 January that Bangladesh and Myanmar have agreed to repatriate Rohingya people; and what was the outcome of those discussions.
31 January 2018
Since 16 January we have not discussed the issue of Rohingya returns with the named countries. Bilateral discussions on this issue are important but the UK is clear that there needs to be international, independent monitoring of any returns process. UNHCR is best placed to do this, and on 12 January FCO-DFID Minister Alastair Burt discussed this with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi. We have been clear that any returns should be voluntary, safe and dignified. We will be reiterating this message with international partners through our overseas network and Ministerial interactions in the coming weeks.