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unstar this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-06-04more like thismore than 2019-06-04
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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 remove filter
star this property answering dept sort name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property hansard heading China: Detention Centres more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make an assessment of the extent of corruption within the (a) designing and planning, (b) constructing and physically maintaining and (c) running the network of detention camps targeting ethnic and religious minorities in Xinjiang, China. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency West Ham more like this
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Lyn Brown more like this
unstar this property uin 259918 more like this
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star this property answer text <p>We have not made an assessment of the extent of corruption within the so-called “re-education camps” in Xinjiang. Nevertheless, we have particularly serious concerns about the credible reports of over a million Uyghurs and other minorities being detained in these camps.</p><p> </p><p>Indeed, ministers and senior officials frequently raise the issue with their Chinese counterparts. The Foreign Secretary highlighted our concerns with Chinese State Councillor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi during his most recent visit to China. Later that month, I did the same with my Chinese counterpart Vice Minister Guo Yezhou. Additionally, our Embassy in Beijing regularly raises the treatment of Uyghurs in Xinjiang with the Chinese authorities.</p><p> </p><p>Further, we spoke publicly about the situation in the region at the 40th UN Human Rights Council in February and March. The Prime Minister’s Special Envoy for Freedom of Religion or Belief, Lord (Tariq) Ahmad, also raised our concerns during his opening address on 25 February, and the UK spoke about Xinjiang during our “Item 4” national statement on 12 March. Following this, we co-sponsored a side event on “Protecting the fundamental freedoms in Xinjiang” on 13 March which helped to raise awareness of the situation among the international community.</p><p> </p><p>Moreover, in our statement at China’s Universal Periodic Review on 6 November, we made clear our concern about the treatment of Uyghurs in China. The UK issued a specific recommendation to China that it implements the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination’s recommendations on Xinjiang and allows the UN to monitor the implementation.</p>
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 2019-06-11T13:28:37.277Zmore like thismore than 2019-06-11T13:28:37.277Z
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star this property label Biography information for Mark Field more like this
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1583
star this property label Biography information for Lyn Brown more like this
1130362
unstar this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-06-06more like thismore than 2019-06-06
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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 remove filter
star this property answering dept sort name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property hansard heading Salah Gosh more like this
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25259
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, whether (a) he, (b) his Ministers and (c) his officials have had meetings with the former Sudanese Intelligence Chief Salah Gosh since 1 May 2019. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Stroud more like this
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Dr David Drew more like this
unstar this property uin 261095 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
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star this property answer text <p>​No British Minister or official has had meetings with Salah Gosh since he was removed from his role as head of Sudan's National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS) on 13 April 2019.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency West Worcestershire more like this
star this property answering member printed Harriett Baldwin more like this
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less than 2019-06-11T15:37:29.307Zmore like thismore than 2019-06-11T15:37:29.307Z
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star this property label Biography information for Harriett Baldwin more like this
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252
star this property label Biography information for Dr David Drew more like this
1129137
unstar this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-06-03more like thismore than 2019-06-03
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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 remove filter
star this property answering dept sort name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property hansard heading Islamic State: Accountability more like this
unstar this property house id 1 more like this
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25259
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 steps he is taking to support the creation of an international tribunal to provide a path to accountability for members of Isis. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Newcastle-under-Lyme more like this
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Paul Farrelly more like this
unstar this property uin 259049 more like this
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star this property answer text <p>The UK continues to work closely with international partners to seek a sustainable long-term solution to the complex issue of suspected Daesh terrorists in a way that delivers justice for their victims. We are committed to ensuring that those responsible for war crimes, genocide and crimes against humanity are brought to justice in accordance with due legal process. To this end, we are supporting UN efforts to gather evidence of Daesh crimes in Iraq and Syria and support prosecutions of suspected Daesh terrorists in Iraq.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency South West Wiltshire more like this
star this property answering member printed Dr Andrew Murrison more like this
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less than 2019-06-11T15:31:22.37Zmore like thismore than 2019-06-11T15:31:22.37Z
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1466
star this property label Biography information for Dr Andrew Murrison more like this
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1436
star this property label Biography information for Paul Farrelly more like this
1129358
unstar this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-06-03more like thismore than 2019-06-03
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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 remove filter
star this property answering dept sort name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property hansard heading China: Ethnic Groups more like this
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25259
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 recent representations he has made to his Chinese counterpart in response to recent restrictions placed on the Uighur community during the month of Ramadan. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Newcastle-under-Lyme more like this
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Paul Farrelly more like this
unstar this property uin 259062 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
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star this property answer text <p>The Foreign Secretary has not to date made representations to his counterpart on the specific issue of reports of restrictions on the Uyghur community during Ramadan. However, Ministers and senior officials frequently raise with their Chinese counterparts our wider concerns about the treatment of Uyghurs in Xinjiang. During the Foreign Secretary’s most recent visit to China in July 2018, he raised this with Chinese State Councillor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi.</p><p> </p><p>Additionally, we spoke publicly about the situation in Xinjiang at the 40th United Nations Human Rights Council in February and March. The Prime Minister’s Special Envoy for Freedom of Religion or Belief, Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon, also raised our concerns during his opening address on 25 February, and the UK spoke about Xinjiang during our “Item 4” national statement on 12 March. Following this, we co-sponsored a side event on “Protecting the fundamental freedoms in Xinjiang” on 13 March.</p><p> </p><p>Further, in our statement at China’s Universal Periodic Review on 6 November, we made clear our concern about the treatment of Uyghurs in China. The UK issued a specific recommendation to China that it implements the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination’s recommendations on Xinjiang and allows the UN to monitor the implementation</p><p>​</p>
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 2019-06-11T13:26:36.107Zmore like thismore than 2019-06-11T13:26:36.107Z
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1405
star this property label Biography information for Mark Field more like this
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1436
star this property label Biography information for Paul Farrelly more like this
1129091
unstar this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-06-03more like thismore than 2019-06-03
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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 remove filter
star this property answering dept sort name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property hansard heading International Assistance: Security more like this
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25259
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, whether his Department has made an assessment of the potential merits of reforming its guidance on Overseas Security and Justice Assistance to include separate advice on assistance provided to non-state groups. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Llanelli more like this
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Nia Griffith more like this
unstar this property uin 259115 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
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star this property answer text <p>The Foreign and Commonwealth Office updated its guidance on Overseas Security and Justice Assistance in 2017 by Written Ministerial Statement. Since then, information on its implementation has been included in the The Foreign and Commonwealth Office's annual Human Rights and Democracy Report. Overseas Security and Justice Assitance assessments completed for specific projects or interventions are working documents, and are regularly updated in line with developments in the country concerned. Information on the number of Overseas Security and Justice Assitance assessments completed in previous years and a more detailed breakdown of applications requiring Ministerial approval is not held centrally and could only be obtained at a disproportionate cost.</p><p>The guidance applies to any security and justice assistance from Her Majasty's Government that could result in changes to the laws, policies, practices or capabilities of foreign justice or security institutions and/or result in individuals being identified, investigated, arrested, detained, interviewed, interrogated, prosecuted, tried or sentenced by foreign authorities.</p>
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 2019-06-11T16:06:38.407Zmore like thismore than 2019-06-11T16:06:38.407Z
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1405
star this property label Biography information for Mark Field more like this
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1541
star this property label Biography information for Nia Griffith more like this
1128936
unstar this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-06-03more like thismore than 2019-06-03
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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 remove filter
star this property answering dept sort name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property hansard heading Gaza: Humanitarian Aid more like this
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25259
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 Hamas’s role in the ongoing humanitarian situation in Gaza. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Lewes more like this
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Maria Caulfield more like this
unstar this property uin 259336 more like this
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star this property answer text <p>As the UK said at the UN Security Council on 22 May, Hamas’s ongoing decision to embrace violence and reject the Quartet Principles lies at the heart of the Gazan tragedy. Hamas’s decision to send rockets towards Israel is unacceptable and must stop. Our policy on Hamas is clear: they must renounce violence, recognise Israel and accept previously signed agreements. Violence further undermines the humanitarian situation in Gaza, creates fear amongst the Israeli and Palestinian populations, and damages the prospects for peace. We urge all parties to demonstrate restraint, and work towards a durable agreement that addresses the underlying causes of the conflict and transforms the situation in Gaza.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency South West Wiltshire more like this
star this property answering member printed Dr Andrew Murrison more like this
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less than 2019-06-11T15:39:46.68Zmore like thismore than 2019-06-11T15:39:46.68Z
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1466
star this property label Biography information for Dr Andrew Murrison more like this
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4492
star this property label Biography information for Maria Caulfield more like this
1129317
unstar this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-06-03more like thismore than 2019-06-03
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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 remove filter
star this property answering dept sort name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property hansard heading Tibet: Human Rights and Political Prisoners more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what diplomatic steps the Government is taking with the Chinese Government to help (a) secure the release of Tibetan political prisoners, (b) ensure access by independent observers to Tibet and (c) protect the human rights of the Tibetan people. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Leeds North West more like this
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Alex Sobel more like this
unstar this property uin 259434 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
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star this property answer text <p>We have serious concerns about the human rights situation in the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) including restrictions on freedom of religion or belief, and restrictions on freedom of assembly and association.</p><p> </p><p>We consistently urge China to respect all fundamental rights across the People's Republic of China, including in Tibet, in line with both its own constitution and the international frameworks to which it is a party. We believe that long-term stability in Tibet will be best achieved through respect for universal 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 grievances and we continue to urge all sides to restart talks.</p><p> </p><p>Further, the UK is active in raising Tibet in multilateral fora. We made a statement at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva in June 2018 where we reiterated our concerns over restrictions on civil and political freedoms, particularly minority rights, and freedom of religion in China, including Tibet. Additionally, we asked an advanced question about Tibet at China’s last Universal Periodic Review, and included our concerns in our statement.</p><p> </p><p>We are also aware of, and concerned by, reports of the apparent increasing isolation of TAR through restrictions on foreign tourists, journalists and officials (including those representing the UN and EU) seeking to visit TAR. To this end, we are monitoring the progress and impact of the US Reciprocal Access to Tibet Act, including through discussions with our US counterparts</p>
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 2019-06-11T13:00:14.287Zmore like thismore than 2019-06-11T13:00:14.287Z
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1405
star this property label Biography information for Mark Field more like this
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4658
star this property label Biography information for Alex Sobel more like this
1129070
unstar this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-06-03more like thismore than 2019-06-03
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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 remove filter
star this property answering dept sort name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property hansard heading Hugh Lanning 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 representations his Department has made to the Israeli Government on the deportation of Hugh Lanning. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Inverclyde more like this
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Ronnie Cowan more like this
unstar this property uin 259303 more like this
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star this property answer text <p>Whilst we are aware of Mr Lanning’s denial of entry into Israel, we have not raised this matter with the Israeli authorities.​</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency South West Wiltshire more like this
star this property answering member printed Dr Andrew Murrison more like this
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less than 2019-06-11T16:02:05.057Zmore like thismore than 2019-06-11T16:02:05.057Z
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star this property label Biography information for Dr Andrew Murrison more like this
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4465
star this property label Biography information for Ronnie Cowan more like this
1129063
unstar this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-06-03more like thismore than 2019-06-03
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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 remove filter
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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25259
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to the upcoming anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre, whether he plans to use that anniversary to make representations to the Chinese Government on the human rights situation that country. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Hornsey and Wood Green more like this
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Catherine West more like this
unstar this property uin 259369 more like this
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star this property answer text <p>To mark the 30<sup>th</sup> anniversary of the tragic events in Tiananmen Square, the Foreign Secretary released a statement remembering those who lost their lives when protesting peacefully, and urging the Chinese Government to respect the rights and freedoms enshrined in China’s constitution and in international law.</p><p> </p><p>The British Government raises human rights with the Chinese authorities at all levels and will continue to do so. I raised human rights concerns with State Councillor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi during my last visit to China. We also raise issues publicly, for example, we registered our concerns about human rights in China in our national statements at recent sessions of the UN Human Rights Council and through our activity at China’s last Universal Periodic Review in November 2018.</p><p> </p><p>British diplomats in Beijing have reported increased censorship and surveillance of citizens in China in the weeks leading up to 4 June. This is a common pattern they observe in the run up to the 4 June anniversary. In recent years, the Chinese authorities have also focused on censoring discussion on the anniversary on social media in China, which has reportedly included some Western news websites being restricted more than usual within China around this period. The British Embassy in China experienced such censorship first hand this week; the Embassy posted my statement in English and Chinese through social media, which was then censored within a few minutes.</p><p> </p><p>We remain concerned by all restrictions on freedom of expression in China and urge the authorities to safeguard citizens’ rights to freedom of speech and expression. It is crucial that governments allow their societies and citizens to remember, debate and discuss important historical events, even when this is uncomfortable for the governments concerned.</p><p> </p><p>The British Government also remains committed to making representations to the Chinese Government on the rights of relatives of protestors. During the Foreign Secretary’s last visit to China, he met with family members of detained Chinese human rights lawyers who were arrested in the so-called “709 crackdown.”</p>
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 2019-06-11T13:03:52.47Zmore like thismore than 2019-06-11T13:03:52.47Z
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1405
star this property label Biography information for Mark Field more like this
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4523
star this property label Biography information for Catherine West more like this
1129064
unstar this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-06-03more like thismore than 2019-06-03
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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 remove filter
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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25259
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the accuracy of reports of increased surveillance and censorship ahead of the upcoming 30th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Hornsey and Wood Green more like this
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Catherine West more like this
unstar this property uin 259370 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
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star this property answer text <p>To mark the 30<sup>th</sup> anniversary of the tragic events in Tiananmen Square, the Foreign Secretary released a statement remembering those who lost their lives when protesting peacefully, and urging the Chinese Government to respect the rights and freedoms enshrined in China’s constitution and in international law.</p><p> </p><p>The British Government raises human rights with the Chinese authorities at all levels and will continue to do so. I raised human rights concerns with State Councillor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi during my last visit to China. We also raise issues publicly, for example, we registered our concerns about human rights in China in our national statements at recent sessions of the UN Human Rights Council and through our activity at China’s last Universal Periodic Review in November 2018.</p><p> </p><p>British diplomats in Beijing have reported increased censorship and surveillance of citizens in China in the weeks leading up to 4 June. This is a common pattern they observe in the run up to the 4 June anniversary. In recent years, the Chinese authorities have also focused on censoring discussion on the anniversary on social media in China, which has reportedly included some Western news websites being restricted more than usual within China around this period. The British Embassy in China experienced such censorship first hand this week; the Embassy posted my statement in English and Chinese through social media, which was then censored within a few minutes.</p><p> </p><p>We remain concerned by all restrictions on freedom of expression in China and urge the authorities to safeguard citizens’ rights to freedom of speech and expression. It is crucial that governments allow their societies and citizens to remember, debate and discuss important historical events, even when this is uncomfortable for the governments concerned.</p><p> </p><p>The British Government also remains committed to making representations to the Chinese Government on the rights of relatives of protestors. During the Foreign Secretary’s last visit to China, he met with family members of detained Chinese human rights lawyers who were arrested in the so-called “709 crackdown.”</p>
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 2019-06-11T13:06:45.857Zmore like thismore than 2019-06-11T13:06:45.857Z
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1405
star this property label Biography information for Mark Field more like this
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4523
star this property label Biography information for Catherine West more like this