Minister for Asia and the Pacific Mark Field statement on the interim report by UN Fact Finding Mission on Burma
Foreign & Commonwealth Office
Minister Mark Field said:
This report by the UN Fact Finding Mission on human rights has reaffirmed the appalling human rights violations that so many in Burma have suffered and confirms that the Burmese military are primarily to blame for the widespread and systematic violence against the Rohingya.
These findings show the vital importance of an open and transparent investigation into these appalling events and I urge the Burmese authorities to reverse their decision not to cooperate with the Fact Finding Mission, and allow them immediate access so they can continue their work.
I call on the Burmese authorities to establish a credible and independent investigation into these horrifying accusations, and a judicial process to hold to account those responsible for abuses.
The UK is fully committed to help bring an end to this humanitarian crisis and I plan to update Parliament on the Government’s approach at the earliest opportunity allowed.
Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson will begin a four day tour to Asia today (9 February) where he will visit Bangladesh, Burma and Thailand
Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson is making his second visit to Burma
Mr. Johnson will travel to Bangladesh, the first official visit by a Foreign Secretary in ten years, and meet Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Foreign Minister Abul Hassan Mahmud Ali.
The Foreign Secretary will also visit a refugee camp on the Bangladesh-Burma border near Cox’s Bazar. The Foreign Secretary will see first-hand the conditions of the Rohingya who have fled Burma to refugee camps in Bangladesh and discuss with the Burmese government the steps needed to enable them to return to their homes.
In Burma he will hold talks with State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi and visit northern Rakhine.
Speaking ahead of the visit Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said:
The plight of the Rohingya and the suffering they have had to endure is one of the most shocking humanitarian disasters of our time. This is a man-made tragedy that could be resolved with the right political will, tolerance and cooperation from all those involved.
I want to see and hear for myself the terrible things these people have been through, and I will be talking to State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi and other regional leaders about how we can work together to resolve this appalling crisis.
The Foreign Secretary will travel on to Bangkok for talks with Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and also meet the chair of the Advisory Board on the Rakhine Advisory Commission, Surakiart Sathirathai.
UK response to the Rohingya crisis: