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Burma: Nationality

Question for Foreign and Commonwealth Office

UIN HL14641, tabled on 19 March 2019

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the Statement on discrimination and coercion faced by minority groups in citizenship registration process, published by the Burma Human Rights Network on 19 March, (2) the challenges faced by minority ethnic groups in Myanmar in applying for citizenship and identification cards, and (3) the ability of citizens of that country to assert their rights under Article 15 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Answered on

28 March 2019

The detailed report by the Burma Human Rights Network is extremely concerning. We continue to press the Government of Myanmar for the full implementation of the Rakhine Advisory Commission (RAC) recommendations including citizenship, and to investigate any reports of discriminatory practices in regards to citizenship. We support clear and non-discriminatory pathways to citizenship, as well as longer term reform of the 1982 Citizenship Law, as the RAC recommendations set out.