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Myanmar: Rohingya

Question for Foreign and Commonwealth Office

UIN 2469, tabled on 13 January 2020

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent diplomatic steps he has taken to prevent further human rights violations against the Rohingya.

Answered on

20 January 2020

The prevention of further human rights violations against the Rohingya remains a priority for the British Government. It is our view that further violations can only be prevented by addressing the underlying causes of the crisis, specifically through the implementation of the recommendations of the Rakhine Advisory Commission and through ensuring there is accountability for the atrocities that took place. We continue to engage the Myanmar Government and regional governments on these issues. In October 2019, Baroness Sugg during her visit to Myanmar raised with ministers the plight of refugees and pushed for faster progress with the remaining Rakhine Advisory Commission recommendations. The UK has also shone a spotlight on violations by the Myanmar military by co-sponsoring resolutions on Myanmar at the UN Human Rights Council in September 2019, and at the UN General Assembly in December 2019.