Thank you to those who have contacted me about what the UK is doing to support the Rohingya people.
The persistent persecution of the Rohingya people must stop. It is horrifying that hundreds of thousands of innocent men, women and children have been forced from their homes. This is a clear case of ethnic cleansing.
I am encouraged that the International Development Secretary has made this one of her top priorities. The UK is a leading donor to the humanitarian response in Bangladesh for the Rohingya people having committed £129 million to the crisis since August 2017. This includes the announcement in May of an additional £70 million of humanitarian support to help ensure the thousands of persecuted Rohingya people were protected as the cyclone and monsoon season began. UK aid supported work on preparing the camps for the monsoon season began in January and the additional aid provided extra medication, sturdier shelters, food, clean water and support for women to give birth safety. Our support has also helped to support a large vaccination campaign against cholera in and around the Cox’s Bazar camps.
The Government has repeatedly pressed the Government of Burma to address the underlying issues in Rakhine, including discrimination against the Rohingya community. Any return of families to their homes must be safe, voluntary and dignified.