Burma: Rohingya

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 15th November 2018.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the statement by Marzuki Darnsman, Chair of the UN fact-finding mission on Myanmar, that an "ongoing genocide" of Rohingya people is taking place; and what action they are taking to discourage the government of Bangladesh from pursuing its recent agreement with the government of Burma to repatriate Rohingya refugees.

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The UK proposed the briefing by the Chair of the Fact-Finding Mission to the UN Security Council on 24 October. In response to his briefing, the UK's Permanent Representative told the Council that the UK would press for progress on the creation of conditions for refugees to return, and on accountability to end Burmese military impunity. The Minister for Asia and the Pacific called the Bangladeshi State Minister of Foreign Affairs Shahriar Alam on 1 November to stress the UK's serious concern at Bangladesh and Burma's announcement on 30 October that refugee repatriation would commence in mid-November.

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