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Bangladesh: Asylum

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 12th December 2011.

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Photo of David Ward David Ward Liberal Democrat, Bradford East

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the treatment of Rohingyan refugees in Bangladesh; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Alistair Burt Alistair Burt The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

The UK has raised concerns on this matter with the Government of Bangladesh bilaterally and with EU partners. The Secretary of State for International Development raised concerns about the treatment of ethnic minorities with the President of Burma and senior officials during his visit to the country on 15-17 November.

Officials from our high commission in Dhaka have visited the camps for displaced Rohingyas. The Department for International Development provides core contributions to the European Commission Humanitarian Aid Department and UN agencies that directly support the Rohingya community.

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