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 information they have received regarding ethnic Rohingya of Burma not being allowed to return to their homes following recent violence in Arakan State.

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)

We are aware of reports concerning restrictions on movement which prevents members of the Rohingya community from returning to their homes. Our ambassador to Burma visited Rakhine State on 2 and 3 October 2012, accompanied by officials from our embassy and officials from the Department for International Development. Our ambassador met community leaders and saw some of the badly-affected areas for himself, including the state capital Sittwe, scene of some of the worst violence during the recent unrest.

The UK is providing humanitarian support through contributions to the UN and the EU and has stressed the importance of ensuring this aid does not support or lead to the permanent displacement of Rohingya communities.

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