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International Development Committee
Report published for part 1 - the Rohingya crisis.
Oral evidence ongoing for part 2 - DFID's work on Bangladesh and Burma.
Part 1 - the Rohingya crisis
The Committee expressed grave concern in its Report about the potential return of 100,000 Rohingya to Burma without a clear understanding of their legal status, interim and/or final destination, or even whether they have volunteered for the return trip. The Report also concluded that rape and sexual violence remain weapons of war used by the Burmese military but the UK has been too slow to act.
Part 2 - DFID's work on Bangladesh and Burma
Bangladesh and Burma as neighbouring countries face many similar development challenges. DFID has large aid programmes in both countries. The recent Rohingya crisis has brought the world’s attention to their mutual border. DFID’s 2017/18 Bangladesh bilateral country programme budget is £159 million. In Burma, DFID’s budget is £94 million for 2017/18.
Evidence given by Dr Joe Devine, Head of Department Social and Policy Sciences, University of Bath, Meenakshi Ganguly, South Asia Director, Human Rights Watch, and Dr Ipshita Basu, University of Westminster; Asif Saleh, Senior Director, Strategy, Communication and Empowerment, BRAC, and Farah Kabir, Country Director of ActionAid Bangladesh (at 10.45am).
Evidence given by Mr Khondker M Talha, Deputy High Commissioner of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh to the United Kingdom; Rt Hon Alistair Burt MP, Minister of State for International Development and Minister of State for the Middle East at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Richard Montgomery, Director of Asia, Caribbean and Overseas Territories Division, Department for International Development, and Patrick Moody, Additional Director, Asia Pacific Directorate, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (at 10.45am).
Evidence given by David Mepham, UK Director, Human Rights Watch, Champa Patel, Head of Asia Programme, Chatham House, Mark Farmaner, Director, Burma Campaign UK, and Tun Khin, President, Burmese Rohingya Organisation UK; Matthew Saltmarsh, Senior Communications Officer, UNHCR, Daphne Jayasinghe, Senior Policy and Advocacy Adviser, International Rescue Committee, and Ian Mowatt, Regional Portfolio Manager, World Vision (at 10.50am).
There are currently no public meetings scheduled.
International Development Committee examines UK aid in Bangladesh and Burma