Despite the positive developments we have seen in Burma over the past year, the Rohingya continue to be denied citizenship and remain amongst the most discriminated against peoples in the world.
The recent inter-communal violence in Rakhine State in western Burma has highlighted both the fragility of the situation in Burma, and has drawn further and much needed attention to the plight of the Rohingya. The Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Mr Browne, issued a statement on
The Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, my right hon. Friend
Our ambassador to Burma regularly raises the ongoing discrimination of the Rohingya with the Burmese Government, including most recently with the Home Minister. We regularly speak with Rohingya groups, and non-governmental organisations monitoring the situation, both inside and outside the country. At the Human Rights Council in March we secured a resolution which expressed the need to recognise the Rohingya's right to nationality, and the urgent need to respect their human rights. We will continue to raise this issue with the Burmese Government, with international partners and in international organisations, until the matter is resolved.