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Volume 718: debated on Thursday 8 April 2010


Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking to provide assistance to address humanitarian issues in the camps for Rohingya refugees on the Bangladesh-Burma border. [HL2847]

UK support is channelled through our central contributions to the European Commission and United Nations agencies. The United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) manages the official camps. UNICEF, the World Food Programme, the World Health Organisation and the United Nations Population Fund also work with the refugees within the camps or in the surrounding communities. The European Commission is providing financial support.

We have raised the plight of the Rohingyas and their status with the Government of Bangladesh, both bilaterally and in concert with EU partners. Officials from the British high commission in Dhaka, including the high commissioner, have visited the camps for displaced Rohingyas.