Burma: Rohingya:Written question - HL2486

Q
Asked by Lord Ahmed
Asked on: 25 October 2017
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Burma: Rohingya
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have raised the issue of Rohingya communities at the UN Security Council; and what action has been taken against the perpetrators of ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity in Myanmar.
A
Answered on: 07 November 2017

The UK has played a leading role in co-ordinating international efforts on Rakhine. We have raised Burma three times at the UN Security Council (UNSC) since the most recent outbreak of violence on 25 August. On 13 September we secured the first agreed UNSC press elements on Burma in eight years. The Security Council also discussed Burma in an open session on 28 September.

The UN Security Council has called for the Burmese authorities to stop the violence and allow humanitarian access. The voluntary and safe return of refugees is a central part of the ongoing discussions in which we are engaged at the UN Security Council.

The UK continues to call for an end to the violence, and to prevent escalation, irrespective of whether incidents fit the definition of specific international crimes.

We shall ​continue to keep up the pressure on Burma's government to send a clear message to their security forces to stop the violence, ensure a full investigation of allegations of human rights violations, full access to the UN Fact Finding Mission and commit to ensuring accountability for the perpetrators.​

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