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International Development Committee
Report published for part 1 - the Rohingya crisis.
Additional Report published for part 1 - Bangladesh and Burma: the Rohingya crisis - monsoon preparedness in Cox's Bazar.
Report published for part 2 - Bangladesh, Burma and the Rohingya crisis
Part 1 - the Rohingya crisis and monsoon preparedness in Cox's Bazar
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 - Bangladesh, Burma and the Rohingya crisis
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 Rt Hon Alistair Burt MP, Minister of State for the Department for International Development and Minister of State for the Middle East at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Richard Montgomery, Director, Asia, Caribbean and the Overseas Territories, Department for International Development, and Patrick Moody, Additional Director, Asia Pacific Directorate, Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
Evidence given by David Baulk, Fortify Rights, and Mr. Hkanhpa Tu Sadan, The Kachin Relief Fund-UK; Anthony Smith, Westminster Foundation for Democracy, and Dr Niheer Dasandi, University of Birmingham (at 3.15pm).
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).
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International Development Committee publishes Report on Burma, Bangladesh and the Rohingya crisis