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India: Orissa

Volume 712: debated on Tuesday 30 June 2009

Question

Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they are discussing with the Government of India the future resettlement for Christians in Orissa and nearby who are living in camps. [HL4493]

The Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office
(Baroness Kinnock of Holyhead)

The EU maintains a constructive dialogue with the Indian authorities about human rights and minority rights issues, which includes the situation in Orissa and its neighbouring states following the violence in 2008. Officials from our high commission have had an active part in these discussions. However, the Government have not raised the resettlement of Christian communities with the Indian Government outside the framework of the EU dialogue.