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Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 24th September 2015.

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Photo of Lord Hussain Lord Hussain Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they are making to the government of Myanmar about revising its citizenship laws, which place restrictions on non-indigenous residents who have lived in Myanmar for a long period of time from becoming full citizens.

Photo of Baroness Anelay of St Johns Baroness Anelay of St Johns Minister of State

We have a number of concerns about Burma’s 1982 Citizenship Law, and particularly how it deals with the Rohingya community. The British Government has consistently called for a sustainable solution to the issue of Rohingya citizenship which meets international standards. Most recently, the Minister of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, my right. hon. Friend the Member for East Devon (Mr Swire), raised this at senior level with the Burmese authorities, both with the central government and in Rakhine State, during his visit to Burma in July.

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