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star this property date less than 2018-12-03more like thismore than 2018-12-03
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Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property answering dept id 16 remove filter
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
star this property hansard heading Tibet: Official Visits more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many official requests have been made to visit Tibet in the last 10 years; and how many of those requests were granted. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency East Worthing and Shoreham remove filter
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Tim Loughton more like this
star this property uin 198145 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 2018-12-10more like thismore than 2018-12-10
star this property answer text <p>We have made repeated requests to the Chinese authorities to visit Tibet in the last 10 years, but very few of those have been agreed or acknowledged. The British Ambassador most recently visited Tibet from 26–30 June 2017, with other EU Heads of Mission representing their individual countries. Our Ambassador is the UK representative for the whole of China and we believe it is important she is able to visit all areas – including Tibet. We continue to press for the further access for British diplomats, as well as urging the Chinese authorities to lift the visit restrictions imposed on all foreigners.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Cities of London and Westminster more like this
star this property answering member printed Mark Field more like this
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less than 2018-12-10T16:15:31.813Zmore like thismore than 2018-12-10T16:15:31.813Z
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star this property label Biography information for Mark Field more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Tim Loughton more like this
1019474
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2018-12-03more like thismore than 2018-12-03
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Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property answering dept id 16 remove filter
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
star this property hansard heading China and Tibet: Journalism more like this
unstar this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many UK journalists have been (a) denied access to and (b) expelled from (i) Tibet and (ii) China in the last five years. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency East Worthing and Shoreham remove filter
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Tim Loughton more like this
star this property uin 198146 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 2018-12-06more like thismore than 2018-12-06
star this property answer text <p>We do not hold statistics of the number of UK journalists who have been denied access to, or expelled from, Tibet and China in the last five years.</p><p>Access to Tibet by all foreign passport holders is heavily restricted by the Chinese authorities. This includes journalists. We continue to urge the Chinese authorities to lift the visit restrictions imposed on foreigners. The Government regards the Tibet Autonomous Region as part of the People’s Republic of China, and we consistently urge China to respect all fundamental rights, including in Tibet, in line with both its own constitution and the international frameworks to which it is a party.</p><p>Access to other parts of the People’s Republic of China is more freely given to UK journalists, but under certain restrictions. All UK nationals wishing to visit to travel and work in China should pay close attention to the FCO Travel Advice which is regularly updated.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Cities of London and Westminster more like this
star this property answering member printed Mark Field more like this
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less than 2018-12-06T13:28:00.947Zmore like thismore than 2018-12-06T13:28:00.947Z
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star this property label Biography information for Mark Field more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Tim Loughton more like this
1123249
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-04-25more like thismore than 2019-04-25
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Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property answering dept id 16 remove filter
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
star this property hansard heading Yemen: Peace Negotiations more like this
unstar this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of the recent escalation of military activity in Al Dhale in Yemen on the Stockholm process. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency East Worthing and Shoreham remove filter
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Tim Loughton more like this
star this property uin 247541 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 2019-04-30more like thismore than 2019-04-30
star this property answer text <p>We are aware of the recent escalation of military activity in al-Dhale’e. All parties must engage constructively and in good faith to overcome obstacles and find a political solution to end the conflict. We urge all parties to support and facilitate the UN’s efforts.</p><p>The Foreign Secretary hosted a meeting of the Yemen Quad on 26 April in London. Quad membersunderlined their commitment to a comprehensive political solution for the conflict in Yemen and their endorsement of the agreements reached in Stockholm by the Yemeni parties in December 2018.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Cities of London and Westminster more like this
star this property answering member printed Mark Field more like this
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less than 2019-04-30T15:54:44.28Zmore like thismore than 2019-04-30T15:54:44.28Z
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star this property label Biography information for Mark Field more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Tim Loughton more like this
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star this property date less than 2015-06-30more like thismore than 2015-06-30
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Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
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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
star this property hansard heading Tibet more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what change there has been in the Government's policy towards the status of Tibet and the integrity of the culture of Tibetan people within China; and what recent discussions he has had with his Chinese counterparts on the status of Tibet. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency East Worthing and Shoreham remove filter
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Tim Loughton more like this
star this property uin 4947 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 2015-07-07more like thismore than 2015-07-07
star this property answer text <p>As I stated during a Westminster Hall Debate on Tibet on 18 June, our position on Tibet has not changed. The Government position remains that of subsequent governments before it: we regard Tibet as part of the People’s Republic of China and do not support independence. The Prime Minister confirmed this position with Premier Li during the UK-China Summit in June last year. <br><br>We support the protection of cultural rights throughout China, and remain concerned by restrictions to these rights in ethnic minority regions, including Tibet. <br><br>We maintain our belief that long term stability in Tibet will be best achieved through respect for the universal principles of human rights, and genuine autonomy for Tibet within the framework of the Chinese constitution. Meaningful dialogue is the best way to address and resolve the underlying differences between Tibetan communities and the Chinese government, and we continue to encourage all sides to restart talks as soon as possible.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency East Devon more like this
star this property answering member printed Mr Hugo Swire more like this
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less than 2015-07-07T13:33:59.69Zmore like thismore than 2015-07-07T13:33:59.69Z
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star this property label Biography information for Sir Hugo Swire more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Tim Loughton more like this
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star this property date less than 2015-07-16more like thismore than 2015-07-16
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Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property answering dept id 16 remove filter
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
star this property hansard heading China: Minority Groups more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policy of the Human Rights Watch report, One passport, two systems, China's restrictions on foreign travel by Tibetans and others; and when he last raised the subject of the treatment of China's religious minorities with the Chinese government. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency East Worthing and Shoreham remove filter
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Tim Loughton more like this
star this property uin 7607 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 pay close attention to the human rights situation in China and consult a wide range of reports, including from non-government organisations (NGO's), when considering UK policies. We are concerned by the issues raised in ‘One Passport, Two Systems’ - that ethnic minority populations are experiencing restrictions to their freedom of movement and that the inability to travel abroad for religious festivals is impacting on their right to freedom of religion or belief. <br><br>We consider freedom of religion or belief to be a fundamental human right and support its protection and promotion around the world, including in China. We also have concerns about the treatment of ethnic minorities in China, particularly in the Tibetan Autonomous Region and Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. We have raised our concerns in detail with the Chinese authorities, including during the UK-China Human Rights Dialogue in April, and have highlighted the full range of our concerns in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s Annual Report on Human Rights and Democracy (<a href="http://www.hrdreport.fco.gov.uk/" target="_blank">www.hrdreport.fco.gov.uk</a>). We will continue to raise these concerns as part of our wider relationship with China.</p>
star this property answering member constituency East Devon more like this
star this property answering member printed Mr Hugo Swire more like this
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less than 2015-07-21T10:27:41.623Zmore like thismore than 2015-07-21T10:27:41.623Z
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star this property label Biography information for Sir Hugo Swire more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Tim Loughton more like this
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star this property date less than 2015-10-22more like thismore than 2015-10-22
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Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property answering dept id 16 remove filter
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
star this property hansard heading China: Human Rights more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of developments in the human rights situation in China since March 2015. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency East Worthing and Shoreham remove filter
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Tim Loughton more like this
star this property uin 12932 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 2015-10-27more like thismore than 2015-10-27
star this property answer text <p>We pay close attention to the human rights situation in China and report on it regularly through the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s Annual Report on Human Rights and Democracy. The latest update was published on 15 July and outlines a range of developments from January to June this year.</p><p>Whilst we recognise the improvements China has made to social and economic rights, we continue to have concerns about a range of restrictions to civil and political rights. The operating space for civil society groups is shrinking, and over 200 lawyers have been detained or questioned since July. We regularly raise our concerns with China, both through the annual UK-China Human Rights Dialogue and through bilateral meetings, and will continue to do so. We also work through international fora, such as the UN Human Rights Council, to highlight our concerns.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency East Devon more like this
star this property answering member printed Mr Hugo Swire more like this
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less than 2015-10-27T13:16:26.28Zmore like thismore than 2015-10-27T13:16:26.28Z
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star this property label Biography information for Sir Hugo Swire more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Tim Loughton more like this
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star this property date less than 2015-10-22more like thismore than 2015-10-22
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Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property answering dept id 16 remove filter
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
star this property hansard heading China: Religious Freedom more like this
unstar this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the level of freedom of religion or belief in Xinjiang Province. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency East Worthing and Shoreham remove filter
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Tim Loughton more like this
star this property uin 12933 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 2015-10-27more like thismore than 2015-10-27
star this property answer text <p>Freedom of religion or belief remains one of the Government’s top priorities and we are dedicated to its promotion and protection around the world. We remain concerned in particular by the restrictions placed on their right to celebrate Ramadan and wear Islamic dress. We raise this issue regularly with the Chinese authorities, and did so in detail during the UK-China Human Rights Dialogue in April this year. We will continue to raise this issue.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency East Devon more like this
star this property answering member printed Mr Hugo Swire more like this
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less than 2015-10-27T13:30:35.873Zmore like thismore than 2015-10-27T13:30:35.873Z
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star this property label Biography information for Sir Hugo Swire more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Tim Loughton more like this
423322
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star this property date less than 2015-10-22more like thismore than 2015-10-22
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Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
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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
star this property hansard heading China: Capital Punishment more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether his Department has requested that the Chinese government discloses the number of executions taking place in China. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency East Worthing and Shoreham remove filter
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Tim Loughton more like this
star this property uin 12934 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2015-10-27more like thismore than 2015-10-27
star this property answer text <p>The UK is against the use of the death penalty in all circumstances and we are committed to encouraging its global abolition. China has recently renewed the number of crimes punishable by death from 55 to 46, but it is still believed to be the biggest implementer of the death penalty with numbers estimated in the low thousands.</p><p>We continue to raise this issue with Chinese authorities and did so in detail during the UK-China Human Rights Dialogue in April. We have not asked China to disclose the full number of executions but instead focus our lobbying on urging China to reduce its use and ratify relevant international treaties – such as the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. A transparent legal system and reforms in the rule of law will go some way to helping China in this respect, and we will continue to encourage China to make positive developments in these areas.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency East Devon more like this
star this property answering member printed Mr Hugo Swire more like this
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less than 2015-10-27T13:34:32.947Zmore like thismore than 2015-10-27T13:34:32.947Z
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star this property label Biography information for Sir Hugo Swire more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Tim Loughton more like this
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star this property date less than 2015-10-22more like thismore than 2015-10-22
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Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
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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
star this property hansard heading China: Prisoners more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many prisoners of conscience in China have been visited by UK diplomatic staff during 2015. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency East Worthing and Shoreham remove filter
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Tim Loughton more like this
star this property uin 12935 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2015-10-27more like thismore than 2015-10-27
star this property answer text <p>We closely monitor the human rights situation in China and report on individual cases of concern through the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s Annual Report on Human Rights and Democracy. Working with international partners, UK officials talk to a wide range of human rights defenders. Sometimes it is not possible to meet an individual in person because they are in detention or under house arrest. In these cases, UK officials frequently work with family members and lawyers to maintain contact. We continue to raise cases of concern with the Chinese authorities, including during the annual UK-China Human Rights Dialogue.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency East Devon more like this
star this property answering member printed Mr Hugo Swire more like this
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less than 2015-10-27T13:45:13.037Zmore like thismore than 2015-10-27T13:45:13.037Z
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star this property label Biography information for Sir Hugo Swire more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Tim Loughton more like this
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star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2015-10-22more like thismore than 2015-10-22
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Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property answering dept id 16 remove filter
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
star this property hansard heading China: International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions his Department has had with the Chinese government on that country's ratification of the International Covenant on civil and political rights. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency East Worthing and Shoreham remove filter
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Tim Loughton more like this
star this property uin 12936 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2015-10-27more like thismore than 2015-10-27
star this property answer text <p>We have regular discussions with the Chinese authorities on a range of human rights issues, and have raised China’s ratification of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights on numerous occasions. We last discussed this in detail during the UK-China Human Rights Dialogue in April this year, and also raised it at China’s most recent Universal Periodic Review at the UN Human Rights Council in October 2013.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency East Devon more like this
star this property answering member printed Mr Hugo Swire more like this
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less than 2015-10-27T13:47:21.097Zmore like thismore than 2015-10-27T13:47:21.097Z
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star this property label Biography information for Sir Hugo Swire more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Tim Loughton more like this