Bishop of Coventry asks Government about repatriation of Rohingya people

On 31st January 2018 the Bishop of Coventry, Rt Revd Christopher Cocksworth, received a written answer from Government about the Rohingya people in Burma: 

The Lord Bishop of Coventry:To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with the governments of (1) China, (2) Laos, (3) the Philippines, (4) Russia, and (5) Vietnam, regarding the announcement on 16 January that Bangladesh and Myanmar have agreed to repatriate Rohingya people; and what was the outcome of those discussions.

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon:Since 16 January we have not discussed the issue of Rohingya returns with the named countries. Bilateral discussions on this issue are important but the UK is clear that there needs to be international, independent monitoring of any returns process. UNHCR is best placed to do this, and on 12 January FCO-DFID Minister Alastair Burt discussed this with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi. We have been clear that any returns should be voluntary, safe and dignified. We will be reiterating this message with international partners through our overseas network and Ministerial interactions in the coming weeks.