Burma: Rohingya

Department for International Development written question – answered on 14th November 2018.

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Photo of Lord Alton of Liverpool Lord Alton of Liverpool Crossbench

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the agreement between the governments of Bangladesh and Burma to begin repatriation to Burma of Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh; what assessment they have made of the impact of that repatriation on those refugees; whether the agreement includes provisions to confer citizenship on returnees; and whether, and if so, how, they plan to monitor the implementation of the agreement.

Photo of Lord Bates Lord Bates The Minister of State, Department for International Development

We are seriously concerned at the intention of Bangladesh and Burma governments to begin returns to Rakhine State by mid-November. We have stated publicly that we agree with the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) that the conditions for safe and dignified returns do not yet exist.

The UK continues to raise our concerns at the highest levels with the governments of Bangladesh and Burma. We are working with UNHCR to understand their assessment of and response to the situation.

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