House of Lords written question – answered on 11 October 2012.

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Photo of Baroness Goudie Baroness Goudie Labour

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether the 1982 citizenship law in Burma is compatible with Burma's obligations as a signatory of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Photo of Baroness Warsi Baroness Warsi Senior Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Jointly with the Department for Communities and Local Government), Senior Minister of State (Department for Communities and Local Government) (Faith and Communities) (also in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office)

The Burmese 1982 citizenship law in its current form effectively denies the Rohingya community basic civil and political rights, including citizenship. During his meeting with the Burmese Foreign Minister, U Wunna Maung Lwin, at the UN General Assembly session on 25 September 2012, the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, my right honourable friend the Member for Richmond (Yorks) (Mr Hague) urged the Burmese Government to amend the 1982 citizenship law in order to ensure it conformed with established human rights principles.

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