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Parliamentary questions
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7 November 2017
Question for written answer E-006834-17
to the Commission (Vice-President/High Representative)
Rule 130
Charles Tannock (ECR)

 Subject:  VP/HR — Religious persecution in Myanmar/Burma
 Answer in writing 

The situation in Rohingya state in Myanmar continues to deteriorate with the latest figures showing that in the period up to 19 October, 603 000 Muslim refugees had arrived in Bangladesh.

Last month, the Burma Human Rights Network published a report entitled ‘Persecution of Muslims in Burma’, which collates evidence of discrimination against other Muslim groups in Myanmar, suggesting that the problem of religious intolerance is widespread and intractable. There are reports that Muslims have been denied ID cards, refused permission to rebuild mosques and banned from entering villages and accessing healthcare.

Parliament’s Resolution on Myanmar in September 2017(1) called on the High Representative to significantly increase pressure on the Myanmar Government to halt rights abuses and to make it clear that the EU stands ready to consider targeted punitive sanctions and consequences in the context of trade preferences.

In light of this resolution will the High Representative consider targeted sanctions against the Myanmar Government?

Is the High Representative aware of any incidents of persecution of minority groups other than the Rohingya?

What steps are being taken to urge the Burmese Government to fully cooperate with a UN fact-finding mission to assess the extent of religious persecution in Myanmar?

(1)European Parliament resolution of 14 September 2017 on Myanmar, in particular the situation of Rohingyas; Texts adopted, P8_TA(2017)0351.

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