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star this property date less than 2015-06-02more like thismore than 2015-06-02
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Foreign and Commonwealth Office remove filter
star this property answering dept id 16 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property hansard heading UK Membership of EU more like this
star this property house id 2 more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps, if any, they are taking to ensure that no significant European Union policy changes will be agreed or implemented during the period of re-negotiation ahead of a referendum in the United Kingdom on membership of the European Union. more like this
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Lord Stoddart of Swindon more like this
star this property uin HL203 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2015-06-15more like thismore than 2015-06-15
star this property answer text <p>The British Government will continue to conduct European Union business during this period. The Prime Minister, my right hon. Friend the Member for Witney (Mr Cameron), has been clear with EU partners that reforming the EU and renegotiating the UK’s relationship ahead of a referendum is a priority for the UK and the British people.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Earl of Courtown more like this
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less than 2015-06-15T16:16:42.163Zmore like thismore than 2015-06-15T16:16:42.163Z
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unstar this property label Biography information for The Earl of Courtown more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Stoddart of Swindon more like this
347934
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2015-06-02more like thismore than 2015-06-02
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Foreign and Commonwealth Office remove filter
star this property answering dept id 16 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property hansard heading Turkey: Kurds more like this
star this property house id 2 more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with the government of Turkey regarding the extent of progress in providing Kurdish-language education in state primary schools in majority Kurdish areas. more like this
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Lord Hylton more like this
star this property uin HL220 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2015-06-15more like thismore than 2015-06-15
star this property answer text <p>UK officials often visit Kurdish areas in Turkey to meet interlocutors from government and civil society and frequently discuss issues such as mother tongue education. We welcome efforts by the Turkish government, such as the 2013 “democratisation package”, to improve minority rights for minority groups in Turkey, including the Kurds, and we look forward to further progress in this area.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Earl of Courtown more like this
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less than 2015-06-15T16:18:11.067Zmore like thismore than 2015-06-15T16:18:11.067Z
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3359
unstar this property label Biography information for The Earl of Courtown more like this
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2018
unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Hylton more like this
347935
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2015-06-02more like thismore than 2015-06-02
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Foreign and Commonwealth Office remove filter
star this property answering dept id 16 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property hansard heading USA: Electronic Surveillance more like this
star this property house id 2 more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with the government of the United States regarding the temporary halt of a range of surveillance powers in that country; and what assessment they have made of the impact of that halt for the United Kingdom intelligence services in the light of the forthcoming bill regarding communications data. more like this
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Lord Hay of Ballyore more like this
star this property uin HL221 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2015-06-15more like thismore than 2015-06-15
star this property answer text <p>We have ongoing discussions with the US government on a full range of intelligence and security issues. The approval of the Freedom Act is a matter for the US government. With regard to the impact on our intelligence services of the temporary halt of a range of surveillance powers in the US, it is a long-standing policy of the British Government that we do not comment on intelligence matters. The Gracious Speech contained a commitment to bring forward legislation on communications data, and that legislation will extend to all of the investigatory powers covered in David Anderson’s review.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Earl of Courtown more like this
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less than 2015-06-15T16:19:14.13Zmore like thismore than 2015-06-15T16:19:14.13Z
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3359
unstar this property label Biography information for The Earl of Courtown more like this
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4352
unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Hay of Ballyore more like this
383715
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star this property date less than 2015-06-18more like thismore than 2015-06-18
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Foreign and Commonwealth Office remove filter
star this property answering dept id 16 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property hansard heading Operation Blue Star more like this
star this property house id 2 more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Warsi on 7 April 2014 (HL WA244), and the oral answer by the Earl of Courtown on 16 June (HL Deb, col 1077), why they consider the mass killing of Sikhs in India to be a matter for the government of India alone, and not an issue for the international community. more like this
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Lord Singh of Wimbledon more like this
star this property uin HL623 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2015-07-02more like thismore than 2015-07-02
star this property answer text <p>The events of June 1984 at Sri Harmandir Sahib in Amritsar led to a tragic loss of life and remain a source of deep pain to Sikhs everywhere around the world. We recognise the deep scars that this event left and the incredibly strong feelings that exist to this day. Relations between the Sikhs in India and the Indian government is an internal matter between those two parties.</p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Earl of Courtown more like this
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less than 2015-07-02T14:12:47.157Zmore like thismore than 2015-07-02T14:12:47.157Z
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3359
unstar this property label Biography information for The Earl of Courtown more like this
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4251
unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Singh of Wimbledon more like this
383725
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star this property date less than 2015-06-18more like thismore than 2015-06-18
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Foreign and Commonwealth Office remove filter
star this property answering dept id 16 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property hansard heading Sri Lanka: Human Rights more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their latest assessment of the human rights situation in Sri Lanka. more like this
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Baroness Kennedy of Cradley more like this
star this property uin HL633 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2015-07-02more like thismore than 2015-07-02
star this property answer text <p>We welcomed the early commitments by President Sirisena, and his new government, to make progress on human rights concerns in Sri Lanka. Since then there have been a number of positive steps taken, including the adoption of the 19th amendment to the constitution that restores the independence of key institutions; removal of restrictions on freedom of expression, with exiled journalists invited to return to the country and a number of banned websites unblocked; and, more democratic space with travel bans on foreign nationals visiting the North lifted and the Non-Governmental Organisations Secretariat moved from the Ministry of Defence to the Ministry of Policy Planning and Economic Affairs.</p><p>Challenges however remain, particularly over high military levels in the North and their involvement in civilian life and land occupation.</p><p> </p><p>The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights will make an assessment of progress at the September UN Human Rights Council.</p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Earl of Courtown more like this
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less than 2015-07-02T14:12:04.99Zmore like thismore than 2015-07-02T14:12:04.99Z
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3359
unstar this property label Biography information for The Earl of Courtown more like this
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4303
unstar this property label Biography information for Baroness Kennedy of Cradley more like this
388041
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2015-07-07more like thismore than 2015-07-07
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Foreign and Commonwealth Office remove filter
star this property answering dept id 16 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property hansard heading Zimbabwe: Pensions more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made in any discussions they are having with the government of Zimbabwe on the subject of pensions owed to former Rhodesian or Zimbabwean public servants. more like this
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Lord Goodlad more like this
star this property uin HL1167 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2015-07-21more like thismore than 2015-07-21
star this property answer text <p>The British Government continues to remind the relevant authorities in Zimbabwe of their legal commitment to former employees of the Southern Rhodesia government. Following our most recent approach, the Government of Zimbabwe last wrote to us on 27 May. They explained that pension repayments remain affected by current financial constraints in Zimbabwe and the state of the wider economy. Nonetheless, at our prompting they committed to continuing to seek a solution.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Earl of Courtown more like this
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less than 2015-07-21T14:51:04.097Zmore like thismore than 2015-07-21T14:51:04.097Z
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3359
unstar this property label Biography information for The Earl of Courtown more like this
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670
unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Goodlad more like this
388042
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2015-07-07more like thismore than 2015-07-07
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Foreign and Commonwealth Office remove filter
star this property answering dept id 16 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property hansard heading Zimbabwe: Pensions more like this
star this property house id 2 more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the fact that the government of Zimbabwe’s obligation to pay the pensions owed to former Rhodesian or Zimbabwean public servants has not been fulfilled, what assessment they have made of their obligation to assist those former servants of the Crown; what assessment they have made of the case for making ex gratia payments to those former public servants without prejudice, either from development aid or other funds, in the light of the practice of protecting the pensions of officers employed on expatriate terms in other former dependent territories; and what, if any, assessment they have made of the cost of making such ex gratia payments. more like this
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Lord Goodlad more like this
star this property uin HL1168 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2015-07-21more like thismore than 2015-07-21
star this property answer text <p>The UK’s pension protection arrangements in Zimbabwe are confined to those officers who were recruited by the Secretary of State for the Colonies to serve in Southern Rhodesia on expatriate terms. For those recruited on expatriate terms, the UK provides direct pension support. We continue to be clear that the UK does not have legal or moral responsibility for Southern Rhodesian civil service pensions. This responsibility lies solely with the Government of Zimbabwe.</p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Earl of Courtown more like this
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less than 2015-07-21T14:51:30.89Zmore like thismore than 2015-07-21T14:51:30.89Z
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3359
unstar this property label Biography information for The Earl of Courtown more like this
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670
unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Goodlad more like this
388473
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2015-07-08more like thismore than 2015-07-08
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Foreign and Commonwealth Office remove filter
star this property answering dept id 16 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property hansard heading Democratic Republic of Congo: Detainees more like this
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star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of the Democratic Republic of Congo calling for the release of Fred Bauma and Yves Makwambala. more like this
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Lord Chidgey more like this
star this property uin HL1248 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2015-07-21more like thismore than 2015-07-21
star this property answer text <p>Officials from our Embassy in Kinshasa have twice lobbied the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) alongside other EU missions to raise our concerns about the ongoing detentions of Fred Bauma and Yves Makwambala. We continue to urge the DRC government to act on the recommendations of its Parliamentary Commission of Inquiry into the arrests.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Earl of Courtown more like this
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less than 2015-07-21T14:51:50.967Zmore like thismore than 2015-07-21T14:51:50.967Z
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3359
unstar this property label Biography information for The Earl of Courtown more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Chidgey more like this
388474
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2015-07-08more like thismore than 2015-07-08
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Foreign and Commonwealth Office remove filter
star this property answering dept id 16 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property hansard heading Democratic Republic of Congo: Human Rights more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of the Democratic Republic of Congo regarding allegations of unlawful detention and acts of torture by the Congolese intelligence services against activists, political leaders and human rights campaigners following protests in January against the revision of the electoral law and demonstrations in March organised by LUCHA. more like this
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Lord Chidgey more like this
star this property uin HL1249 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2015-07-21more like thismore than 2015-07-21
star this property answer text <p>We remain deeply concerned by the Congolese authorities’ response to the civil unrest that affected Kinshasa and the wider Democratic Republic of Congo in January, and subsequent peaceful political activity. It is unacceptable to hold the arrested participants in detention for long periods without charge or due legal assistance. We are concerned by reports that their testimony was obtained under duress and that this may be used in legal proceedings against the activists.</p><p>In response, and together with other EU Missions, officials from our Embassy in Kinshasa twice lobbied the Congolese government to voice our concern at the arrest and detention without charge of the activists. Officials also joined other international observers in monitoring court hearings in this case and those of a number of other activists detained in recent months. Officials have stressed to the Congolese authorities that civil society organisations must be allowed to hold workshops on the democratic process without fear of arrest or reprisal, that all legal proceedings must fully respect the international standards of due process and that the right to peaceful demonstration and assembly must be upheld. Our concerns were set out in an EU Heads of Mission press statement issued on 11 February.</p><p> </p>
star this property answering member printed Earl of Courtown more like this
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less than 2015-07-21T15:20:03.007Zmore like thismore than 2015-07-21T15:20:03.007Z
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3359
unstar this property label Biography information for The Earl of Courtown more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Chidgey more like this
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star this property date less than 2015-07-08more like thismore than 2015-07-08
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Foreign and Commonwealth Office remove filter
star this property answering dept id 16 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property hansard heading Democratic Republic of Congo: Human Rights more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of the Democratic Republic Congo pressing for an independent, credible, and transparent investigation of the mass grave found in March in Maluka, supported by international investigators and experts. more like this
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Lord Chidgey more like this
star this property uin HL1250 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2015-07-21more like thismore than 2015-07-21
star this property answer text <p>British Government officials have called upon Congolese judicial officials to properly investigate the mass grave containing over 400 bodies uncovered in Maluku in March.</p><p>We urge the Congolese authorities to work closely with international experts, including from the UN Mission to the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUSCO) and the UN Joint Human Rights Office (UNJHRO) in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and call on them to ensure that a transparent and credible investigation is urgently undertaken. Officials have also encouraged the Congolese government to ensure a thorough response to the public compliant filed on 5 June by the families of 34 victims of disappeared persons.</p><p>On 10 April the EU delegation in Kinshasa made a press statement on behalf of all EU Heads of Mission in Kinshasa reiterating this call for justice.</p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Earl of Courtown more like this
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less than 2015-07-21T15:25:07.013Zmore like thismore than 2015-07-21T15:25:07.013Z
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unstar this property label Biography information for The Earl of Courtown more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Chidgey more like this