Naz Shah MP

Labour MP for Bradford West

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Violence in Rakhine State


Violence in Rakhine State - Urgent Question. 


Today I challenged the Minister to do more over the ethnic cleansing and genocide being perpetrated against the Rohingya.

Today I called on the Minister to do more, to help those suffering. I asked -

The Minister may struggle with identifying the situation as genocide, but systematic rape, massacres and the burning of buildings ​of a minority community amount to ethnic cleansing to try to force it out of the country, if not out of existence. That is genocide. When can we expect an appropriate response to that effect from the Minister or the Government?


Mark Field Minister of State for the FCO replied. 


As I have said, that is a legal issue that has to go through the United Nations. It is not for the Government to make such a condemnation or to grandstand, either in the Chamber or elsewhere. The issue will need to be dealt with through the United Nations if it is to go to an International Criminal Court action, and at the moment we judge that it would be unlikely to get through the UN because at least one of the permanent five members of the Security Council would look to impose a veto. We will do our best to make the statements that we need to make in the international community, but this is ultimately a legal rather than a political matter. It would be easy for me to say words from the Dispatch Box to satisfy the hon. Lady now, but it makes much more sense to do things in a systematic manner.

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