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Bangladesh: Rohingya

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 28th October 2019.

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Photo of Stephen Morgan Stephen Morgan Shadow Minister for Local Government (Communities)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent steps his Department has taken to help ensure the safety of Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Heather Wheeler Heather Wheeler The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

The British Government remains fully committed to supporting Rohingya refugees and the Government of Bangladesh, which is hosting close to one million refugees. In August, the Minister for South Asia wrote to Bangladeshi State Minister for Foreign Affairs Shahriar Alam. He welcomed the Government of Bangladesh’s continued commitment that any returns must be safe, voluntary, dignified and in accordance with international humanitarian principles.

The UK remains deeply concerned at the plight of the Rohingya. In recent weeks we have announced an additional £117 million funding to help provide food, healthcare, water and sanitation, care and counselling for sexual violence survivors and protection for vulnerable groups, and education in the camps. This will lift our total contribution from the start of the crisis in August 2017 to £256 million. The UK remains one of the leading bilateral donors to the humanitarian crisis.

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