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Burma: Rohingya

Question for Department for International Development

UIN 201702, tabled on 12 December 2018

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department is taking to monitor its spending on ending violence against children in the Rohingya crisis.

Answered on

17 December 2018

We remain concerned by the risk of violence to Rohingya children in Bangladesh. Of our latest £70m funding to the Rohingya crisis, up to 18% is devoted to protection of rights for refugees, including prevention and monitoring of exploitation and abuse, support to survivors of sexual and gender based violence and strong safeguarding and referral practices by service providers in the camps. This includes: 30 child friendly spaces to support children with protective services and psychosocial and psychological support; child protection monitoring systems in camps; and support to survivors of violence and trafficking. We have funded improved camp lighting to help keep the most vulnerable Rohingya safer. DFID conducts thorough due diligence processes with all funding and will only work with partners with strong safeguards in place.

Approximately 600,000 Rohingya, including children, are still in Rakhine State and are vulnerable. The UK supports agencies that have access to those that remain, such as International Committee of the Red Cross. The UK continues to press for unhindered humanitarian access to Rakhine State.

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