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star this property date less than 2017-07-17more like thismore than 2017-07-17
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Department for International Development more like this
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star this property answering dept short name International Development more like this
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star this property question text Her Majesty's Government (1) what contact they have had with, and (2) what support they intend to provide to, the Nineveh Reconstruction Committee, regarding (a) the rebuilding of 13,000 homes on the Nineveh Plains, and (b) the need to ensure that those Christians internally displaced from the Plains are provided with adequate food supplies. more like this
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Lord Alton of Liverpool more like this
unstar this property uin HL856 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2017-07-25more like thismore than 2017-07-25
star this property answer text <p>The UK Government recognises the specific risks such as abduction and murder faced by religious minorities in Iraq and Syria, including those who have suffered so horrifically at the hands of Daesh, and is deeply concerned by reports of human rights abuses motivated by religious or ethnic identity.</p><p>All people in need, from any community, irrespective of religious affiliation, are eligible for humanitarian assistance. DFID’s humanitarian implementing partners, including the UN, consider a wide range of issues when assessing an individual’s vulnerability such as the impact of physical or mental disabilities, income, age, missing family members, and whether individuals are already receiving assistance from other sources.</p><p>The organisations through which we channel our support do not identify or record beneficiaries by their religion. The reason for this is because there is a risk that collecting information about the ethnicity or religion of people receiving aid could be obtained by others, including extremist groups, and used to persecute them.</p><p>We do not therefore hold information on how much UK-funded support is channelled to Yezidis and Christians either inside or outside camps. This year the UK will provide £40 million for urgent humanitarian assistance in Iraq and £4 million for the UN’s Funding Facility for Immediate Stabilisation (FFIS) to help rebuild communities affected by Daesh, including for minority communities in newly liberated areas in Iraq. The UK is also providing £500 million to support people, including refugees and internally displaced Syrians, affected by the Syria crisis in 2017. DFID does not fund the Bishops Emergency Committee.</p><p>The Nineveh Reconstruction Committee comprised of Church representatives has not contacted the UK Government or submitted a proposal for UK support for the construction of homes on the Nineveh Plains.</p><p>The UK is funding the UN’s Funding Facility for Immediate Stabilisation (FFIS), which is supporting 152 projects in mainly Christian communities in the Ninewa Plains and 70 projects in Yezidi communities in Sinjar, Rabia and Sinuni.</p><p>UN agencies are obliged to operate by the humanitarian principles of neutrality and impartiality which aim to ensure that no one is excluded or discriminated against on the grounds of race, ethnicity, or religion; and to also ensure that the specific risks facing minorities are addressed and that assistance reaches those who need it most. DFID considers reports from a wide range of sources, including field visits by UK officials where these are possible, to assess the effectiveness of UN operations and their compliance with humanitarian principles. The UN carries out vital work in both Syria and Iraq, and UN staff frequently risk their lives to deliver assistance to people in need, including to areas where Daesh or the Assad regime seek to prevent aid being delivered.</p>
star this property answering member printed Lord Bates more like this
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HL852 more like this
HL854 more like this
HL855 more like this
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less than 2017-07-25T15:00:41.357Zmore like thismore than 2017-07-25T15:00:41.357Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Bates more like this
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731049
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star this property date less than 2017-06-21more like thismore than 2017-06-21
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Department for Culture, Media and Sport more like this
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star this property answering dept short name Culture, Media and Sport more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Culture, Media and Sport more like this
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star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text Her Majesty's Government how many UK registered charities have been closed since 2008 following suspicion of funding activities outside their approved charitable purposes; and how many of those were suspected of funding groups linked to terrorism. more like this
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Lord Alton of Liverpool more like this
unstar this property uin HL57 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2017-07-05more like thismore than 2017-07-05
star this property answer text <p>In England and Wales the information requested falls within the responsibility of the Charity Commission. Charity regulation is a devolved matter in Scotland and Northern Ireland. I have asked the Charity Commission to reply. Please see attached letter.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Ashton of Hyde more like this
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less than 2017-07-05T13:30:00.21Zmore like thismore than 2017-07-05T13:30:00.21Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Ashton of Hyde more like this
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unstar this property file name 20170623 WPQ HoL Lord Alton 57132.pdf more like this
star this property title Kenneth Dibble to Lord Alton Letter more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Alton of Liverpool remove filter
732722
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star this property date less than 2017-06-26more like thismore than 2017-06-26
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Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property answering dept id 16 more like this
star 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
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text Her Majesty's Government how they have responded to proposals that North Korea be invited to co-host skiing events at North Korea’s Masikryong ski resort during next year’s Winter Olympics to be held in South Korea; and what assessment they have made of reports that the ski resort was constructed with, and is serviced by, forced labour. more like this
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Lord Alton of Liverpool more like this
unstar this property uin HL160 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2017-07-11more like thismore than 2017-07-11
star this property answer text <p>​As my noble friend, the Rt Hon Baroness Anelay of St Johns, confirmed in her reply to written question HL5120, the British Government is deeply concerned by reports of forced child labour at the Masikryong ski resort. The UK has been clear that forced labour is a form of modern day slavery and must be brought to an end. Any decision on offering to co-host events at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics would be a matter for the government of the Republic of Korea to consider. However, an application to co-host Olympic events with another state would require the approval of the International Olympic Committee.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon more like this
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less than 2017-07-11T14:26:44.587Zmore like thismore than 2017-07-11T14:26:44.587Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon more like this
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751993
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star this property date less than 2017-07-13more like thismore than 2017-07-13
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Department for International Development more like this
star this property answering dept id 20 more like this
star this property answering dept short name International Development more like this
star this property answering dept sort name International Development more like this
star this property house id 2 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text Her Majesty's Government how they intend to ensure their emergency funding for displaced people from Mosul and the Nineveh Plains reaches displaced minorities such as the Yazidis and Christians; and what assessment they have made of the extent to which their policy of neutrality and impartiality will lead to the inclusion or exclusion of those who have been subject to genocide. more like this
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Lord Alton of Liverpool more like this
unstar this property uin HL828 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2017-07-20more like thismore than 2017-07-20
star this property answer text <ul><li>The UK Government recognises the specific risks faced by religious minorities in Iraq and Syria, including those who have suffered so horrifically at the hands of Daesh. We are aware of reports that fear of persecution or discrimination in camps may be deterring some people from using them, and are in close touch with our partners involved in the management of camps and the delivery of services within them, including UN agencies. They have clear guidelines, mechanisms and accountability frameworks in place to prevent discrimination by their own staff or those of their partners. DFID takes any allegations that these are not being applied effectively very seriously, and stands ready to follow up specific allegations with the partners concerned.</li></ul><p> </p><ul><li>The security of the camps and all those living in them is the responsibility of the appropriate civil authorities (e.g. in Iraq, it lies with the Government of Iraq) and is monitored by independent humanitarian actors such as UNHCR. UK officials stand ready to report any specific allegations of persecution or violence against religious minorities within the camps to those authorities. The Government is concerned about Daesh infiltration inside camps. In Iraq the Iraqi authorities carry out screening of those entering camps in order to seek to prevent such infiltration. UN agencies have set up grievance mechanisms that allow any minority member to anonymously report abuse, persecution or discrimination; these can also be used to report on suspected extremist activity.</li></ul><p> </p><ul><li>DFID’s funding for Iraq is targeted towards those who are most in need including vulnerable people from minority communities such as Yazidis and Christians. It is delivered in line with the 2017 Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) for the whole of Iraq, which is based on comprehensive needs assessments carried out by a wide range of partners. The humanitarian principles of neutrality and impartiality aim to ensure that no one is excluded or discriminated against on the grounds of race, ethnicity, or religion, that the specific risks facing minorities are addressed and that assistance reaches those who need it most. In the difficult environments in Syria and Iraq, where access to vulnerable people is often very challenging especially as some actors such as Daesh and the Assad regime deliberately prevent humanitarian access, DFID regularly challenges our partners to demonstrate that they are doing all they can to meet the needs the most vulnerable people, including those from religious minorities. We welcome information from all sources to help us to hold them to account.</li></ul><p> </p><ul><li>DFID is not aware of scheduled meetings in 2015 with Christian representatives in Iraq that officials did not attend, but DFID officials regularly meet with representatives of Iraqi Christian and Yezidi communities. DFID Ministers have also met representatives of these communities.</li></ul><p> </p><ul><li>DFID has received Dr Russell Blacker’s correspondence and has responded suggesting a meeting is organised with Dr Blacker, Lord Bates and Mr Burt to discuss together.</li></ul>
star this property answering member printed Lord Bates more like this
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HL829 more like this
HL830 more like this
HL831 more like this
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less than 2017-07-20T16:23:20.037Zmore like thismore than 2017-07-20T16:23:20.037Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Bates more like this
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731047
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star this property date less than 2017-06-21more like thismore than 2017-06-21
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Department for International Development more like this
star this property answering dept id 20 more like this
star this property answering dept short name International Development more like this
star this property answering dept sort name International Development more like this
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star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text Her Majesty's Government what action the Department for International Development (DfID) is taking to promote Article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which promulgates freedom of religion and belief; how that action relates to (1) Sustainable Development Goal 16, and (2) DfID’s UK aid strategy objectives, and to the allocation of resources; and what steps they are taking to ensure that DfID's partners and projects do not discriminate on religious grounds. more like this
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Lord Alton of Liverpool more like this
unstar this property uin HL55 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 2017-06-28more like thismore than 2017-06-28
star this property answer text <p>The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) leads the government’s work to promote and protect the right to freedom of religion or belief internationally. DFID works closely with FCO, helping to raise concerns about discriminatory legislation and practices with governments, and funding targeted project work. We are clear that promoting freedom of religion or belief is an important contributor to achieving the UK Aid Strategy’s goals and is directly relevant to Sustainable Development Goal 16 on building peaceful and inclusive societies with access to justice for all and effective, accountable and inclusive institutions. DFID’s Partnership Principles include consideration of freedom of religion or belief alongside other human rights.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Bates more like this
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less than 2017-06-28T16:13:57.27Zmore like thismore than 2017-06-28T16:13:57.27Z
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star this property date less than 2017-07-04more like thismore than 2017-07-04
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Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property answering dept id 16 more like this
star 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
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star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking to ensure that (1) civilians in the Equatorial region of South Sudan are protected under international law, (2) those on all sides responsible for war crimes are brought to justice, and (3) UN peacekeepers fulfil their mandate to protect civilians. more like this
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Lord Alton of Liverpool more like this
unstar this property uin HL419 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2017-07-13more like thismore than 2017-07-13
star this property answer text <p>The UK strongly supports the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), and continues to lobby the Government of South Sudan to cooperate fully with the Mission so that it can fulfil its mandate to protect civilians, monitor the human rights situation, and secure the delivery of humanitarian aid. We have contributed nearly 400 troops to UNMISS to provide vital medical and engineering support, which will help to improve the delivery of the Mission.</p><p>The 2015 Peace Agreement mandated the creation of a Hybrid Court in South Sudan for the most serious of crimes. We continue to urge all parties to accelerate the establishment of the Court. The UK Government has jointly led a resolution at the Human Rights Council in Geneva which extended the mandate of the South Sudan Human Rights Commission to gather evidence of crimes for use in a court of law.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon more like this
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less than 2017-07-13T15:24:47.593Zmore like thismore than 2017-07-13T15:24:47.593Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon more like this
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star this property date less than 2017-06-21more like thismore than 2017-06-21
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Home Office more like this
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star this property answering dept short name Home Office more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Home Office more like this
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star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking to promote freedom of religion and belief as part of (1) their Counter-Extremism Strategy, and (2) the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy. more like this
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Lord Alton of Liverpool more like this
unstar this property uin HL81 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 2017-06-26more like thismore than 2017-06-26
star this property answer text <p>This Government works to protect and promote pluralistic values – including freedom of religion and belief - through its Counter-Extremism Strategy. Faith communities are crucial to tackling hatred and intolerance. Through our ‘Building a Stronger Britain Together’ programme we are supporting partners across the country to challenge extremism – including faith groups.</p><p>Protecting freedom of religion and belief is also central to the UN Plan of Action to Prevent Violent Extremism and cuts across two of the four pillars of the UN Global CT Strategy: addressing the conditions conducive to the spread of terrorism, and ensuring respect for human rights for all and the rule of law as the fundamental basis for the fight against terrorism.</p><p>The new Commission for Countering Extremism will also support our faith communities in stamping out extremism and promoting our fundamental values.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Baroness Williams of Trafford more like this
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less than 2017-06-26T15:27:31.99Zmore like thismore than 2017-06-26T15:27:31.99Z
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star this property label Biography information for Baroness Williams of Trafford more like this
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751995
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star this property date less than 2017-07-13more like thismore than 2017-07-13
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Department for International Development more like this
star this property answering dept id 20 more like this
star this property answering dept short name International Development more like this
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star this property question text Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports (1) that Christians and Yazidis who have been victims of genocide in Syria and Iraq do not use UN camps because of oppression and persecution that they have experienced within them, and (2) from Jordanian military officials that ISIS jihadis have infiltrated many such camps. more like this
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Lord Alton of Liverpool more like this
unstar this property uin HL830 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2017-07-20more like thismore than 2017-07-20
star this property answer text <ul><li>The UK Government recognises the specific risks faced by religious minorities in Iraq and Syria, including those who have suffered so horrifically at the hands of Daesh. We are aware of reports that fear of persecution or discrimination in camps may be deterring some people from using them, and are in close touch with our partners involved in the management of camps and the delivery of services within them, including UN agencies. They have clear guidelines, mechanisms and accountability frameworks in place to prevent discrimination by their own staff or those of their partners. DFID takes any allegations that these are not being applied effectively very seriously, and stands ready to follow up specific allegations with the partners concerned.</li></ul><p> </p><ul><li>The security of the camps and all those living in them is the responsibility of the appropriate civil authorities (e.g. in Iraq, it lies with the Government of Iraq) and is monitored by independent humanitarian actors such as UNHCR. UK officials stand ready to report any specific allegations of persecution or violence against religious minorities within the camps to those authorities. The Government is concerned about Daesh infiltration inside camps. In Iraq the Iraqi authorities carry out screening of those entering camps in order to seek to prevent such infiltration. UN agencies have set up grievance mechanisms that allow any minority member to anonymously report abuse, persecution or discrimination; these can also be used to report on suspected extremist activity.</li></ul><p> </p><ul><li>DFID’s funding for Iraq is targeted towards those who are most in need including vulnerable people from minority communities such as Yazidis and Christians. It is delivered in line with the 2017 Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) for the whole of Iraq, which is based on comprehensive needs assessments carried out by a wide range of partners. The humanitarian principles of neutrality and impartiality aim to ensure that no one is excluded or discriminated against on the grounds of race, ethnicity, or religion, that the specific risks facing minorities are addressed and that assistance reaches those who need it most. In the difficult environments in Syria and Iraq, where access to vulnerable people is often very challenging especially as some actors such as Daesh and the Assad regime deliberately prevent humanitarian access, DFID regularly challenges our partners to demonstrate that they are doing all they can to meet the needs the most vulnerable people, including those from religious minorities. We welcome information from all sources to help us to hold them to account.</li></ul><p> </p><ul><li>DFID is not aware of scheduled meetings in 2015 with Christian representatives in Iraq that officials did not attend, but DFID officials regularly meet with representatives of Iraqi Christian and Yezidi communities. DFID Ministers have also met representatives of these communities.</li></ul><p> </p><ul><li>DFID has received Dr Russell Blacker’s correspondence and has responded suggesting a meeting is organised with Dr Blacker, Lord Bates and Mr Burt to discuss together.</li></ul>
star this property answering member printed Lord Bates more like this
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HL828 more like this
HL829 more like this
HL831 more like this
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less than 2017-07-20T16:23:20.29Zmore like thismore than 2017-07-20T16:23:20.29Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Bates more like this
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star this property date less than 2017-06-22more like thismore than 2017-06-22
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Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property answering dept id 16 more like this
star 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
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star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that North Korea was behind the recent cyber attack on NHS computer systems. more like this
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Lord Alton of Liverpool more like this
unstar this property uin HL131 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2017-07-03more like thismore than 2017-07-03
star this property answer text <p>The National Cyber Security Centre and National Crime Agency are investigating the recent cyber attack that affected NHS networks, as well as many others around the world. A range of leads are being pursued as part of the ongoing investigations.</p><p>To effectively tackle cyber threats, the Government launched the National Cyber Security Strategy in November 2016. Supported by £1.9 billion of transformational investment, the strategy sets out ambitious policies and capabilities to protect the UK in cyber space.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon more like this
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less than 2017-07-03T15:13:35.853Zmore like thismore than 2017-07-03T15:13:35.853Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon more like this
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star this property date less than 2017-07-04more like thismore than 2017-07-04
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Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property answering dept id 16 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
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star this property question text Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the claims included in a press release issued by Amnesty International on 4 July concerning (1) forcible displacement in the Equatorial region of South Sudan, (2) war crimes against civilians, (3) abduction and gang-rape, and (4) food shortages and starvation resulting from conflict. more like this
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Lord Alton of Liverpool more like this
unstar this property uin HL418 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2017-07-13more like thismore than 2017-07-13
star this property answer text <p>​We are deeply concerned about the violence, and forced relocation of populations along ethnic lines in South Sudan, along with the blocking of humanitarian access. We take very seriously the UN reports which suggest that civilian populations have been deliberately targeted on the basis of their ethnic identity.</p><p>We are working through the UN, EU, and with regional partners to make clear our concerns about the insecurity, and to try to prevent an increase in violence. The UK Government urges all parties to show restraint, to end the fighting, and to return to an inclusive political process.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon more like this
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less than 2017-07-13T15:24:09.683Zmore like thismore than 2017-07-13T15:24:09.683Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon more like this
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