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Burma: Rohingya

Question for Foreign and Commonwealth Office

UIN 176096, tabled on 8 October 2018

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what diplomatic steps his Department is taking to help (a) prevent further violence towards and (b) resolve the causes of the Rohingya crisis.

Answered on

16 October 2018

The UK supported the establishment and activity of the Rakhine Advisory Commission, which in August 2017 delivered a set of recommendations to address the causes of the Rohingya crisis. The UK continues to press the Burmese authorities to implement these recommendations in full. The UK secured a UN Security Council Presidential Statement on 6 November 2017 which emphasised that call, and called on Burma to refrain from the excessive use of military force in Rakhine State. Since then the UK has ensured a clear international message to the Burmese military through continued UN Security Council attention, including its visit to Burma of April/May 2018, and through the UN Human Rights Council resolution of 27 September. The Foreign Secretary told State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi that accountability for human rights violations was critical to the future safety of Rohingya in Rakhine when they met on 20 September.