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Myanmar: Internally Displaced People

Question for Foreign and Commonwealth Office

UIN HL5179, tabled on 3 June 2020

To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Myanmar about protecting Chin villagers displaced by the conflict in Southern Chin State and Rakhine State; and what steps they have taken to ensure that Chin internally displaced persons receive urgent humanitarian assistance.

Answered on

15 June 2020

The UK Ambassador and the Department for International Development Country Director have actively engaged with the Myanmar Ministers and officials to raise the issues of conflict, access constraints, protection for aid workers, the internet ban and the potential impact of COVID on the most vulnerable communities across Myanmar, including those who are internally displaced in Southern Chin and Rakhine States. On 12 May, the UK Ambassador raised the need to ensure that the most vulnerable and hardest to reach in Rakhine were included in the Government's "no-one left behind" policy with the key Ministers in the Myanmar Government. On 14 May, the UK convened a meeting of the UN Security Council to discuss the situation in Rakhine and Chin. In our national statement we stressed the need for a de-escalation of fighting and greater humanitarian access. For FY 19/20 we made £10 million of UK aid available to help internally displaced persons in Chin and Rakhine States. This includes humanitarian relief, access to medical services and support to mitigate economic risks.