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star this property date less than 2015-06-09more like thismore than 2015-06-09
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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
unstar this property answering dept sort name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property hansard heading Eritrea: Human Rights 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 assessment they have made of the report by the United Nations Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in Eritrea accusing Eritrea of crimes against humanity. more like this
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Lord Alton of Liverpool more like this
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unstar this property date of answer less than 2015-06-22more like thismore than 2015-06-22
unstar this property answer text <p>The Government note the report of the UN Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in Eritrea published on 8 June. We are carefully reviewing their findings and look forward to discussion of the report at the Human Rights Council in Geneva on 23 June. We are disappointed the Commission has not been granted access to Eritrea. We continue to call on the Government of Eritrea to honour its international human rights obligations and cooperate fully with the whole UN human rights system, including the Commission.</p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Baroness Anelay of St Johns more like this
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less than 2015-06-22T10:42:22.573Zmore like thismore than 2015-06-22T10:42:22.573Z
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star this property label Biography information for Baroness Anelay of St Johns more like this
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star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2015-06-09more like thismore than 2015-06-09
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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
unstar this property answering dept sort name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property hansard heading Eritrea: Human Rights 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 whether they plan to press the United Nations Security Council to refer Eritrea to the International Criminal Court, in the light of the report by the United Nations Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in Eritrea. more like this
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Lord Alton of Liverpool more like this
star this property uin HL360 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
unstar this property date of answer less than 2015-06-22more like thismore than 2015-06-22
unstar this property answer text <p>The UN Commission of Inquiry Report on Human Rights in Eritrea does not recommend referral of Eritrea to the International Criminal Court (ICC). The Report recommends that the international community continues to engage closely on the human rights situation in Eritrea, including on countering irregular migration, human smuggling and trafficking. The UK is already fully engaged on this through the African Union-EU ‘Khartoum Process’. The UK will also continue to press Eritrea to improve its human rights record through a range of channels including via the UN Human Rights Council and Special Rapporteur, EU Article 8 Dialogue, and through regular bilateral diplomacy.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Baroness Anelay of St Johns more like this
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less than 2015-06-22T15:23:27.503Zmore like thismore than 2015-06-22T15:23:27.503Z
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star this property label Biography information for Baroness Anelay of St Johns more like this
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star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2015-06-10more like thismore than 2015-06-10
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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
unstar this property answering dept sort name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property hansard heading Democratic Republic of Congo: SOCO International 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 action they intend to take in the light of reports into the activities of Soco International in Virunga national park, a UNESCO World Heritage site in the Democratic Republic of Congo, which allege breaches of bribery and corruption laws. more like this
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Lord Alton of Liverpool more like this
star this property uin HL381 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
unstar this property date of answer less than 2015-06-22more like thismore than 2015-06-22
unstar this property answer text <p>We are aware of allegations of serious wrongdoing made against Soco International, its employees and agents connected to its activities in the Virunga National Park in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). We expect all companies to act appropriately and encourage anyone with evidence of fraud, bribery or corruption to pass this to the Serious Fraud Office (SFO).</p><p>Allegations of bribery and corruption, and incidents of violence, intimidation and threats directed at environmental activists, fishermen and local residents campaigning against oil exploitation in the Virunga National Park have been inadequately investigated by the DRC authorities. We have called upon the DRC authorities to undertake a full investigation.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Baroness Anelay of St Johns more like this
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less than 2015-06-22T15:19:25.28Zmore like thismore than 2015-06-22T15:19:25.28Z
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star this property label Biography information for Baroness Anelay of St Johns more like this
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star this property date less than 2015-06-11more like thismore than 2015-06-11
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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
unstar this property answering dept sort name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property hansard heading Raif Badawi 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 whether they pressed for the case of Raif Badawi to be discussed at the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation Conference in Jeddah on 3 and 4 June; and if so, what was the response of the government of Saudi Arabia. more like this
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Lord Alton of Liverpool more like this
star this property uin HL422 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
unstar this property date of answer less than 2015-06-22more like thismore than 2015-06-22
unstar this property answer text <p>The conference was a multilateral event hosted by the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation and not by Saudi Arabia, and therefore was not an appropriate forum to discuss individual Saudi Arabian legal cases. However, we are extremely concerned about Raif Badawi’s case and have discussed it at the most senior levels in the Government of Saudi Arabia, most recently on 9 June. We await the outcome of the current Saudi Arabian Supreme Court review of the case.</p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Baroness Anelay of St Johns more like this
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less than 2015-06-22T11:25:21.31Zmore like thismore than 2015-06-22T11:25:21.31Z
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star this property label Biography information for Baroness Anelay of St Johns more like this
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star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2015-06-15more like thismore than 2015-06-15
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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
unstar this property answering dept sort name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property hansard heading Burma: Ethnic Groups 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 assessment they have made of the nationwide ceasefire talks in Burma, and the prospects for peace in the ethnic states, particularly Kachin state. more like this
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Lord Alton of Liverpool more like this
star this property uin HL463 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
unstar this property date of answer less than 2015-06-24more like thismore than 2015-06-24
unstar this property answer text On 31 March the Nationwide Ceasefire Coordination Team and government negotiators successfully agreed a draft text of the Nationwide Ceasefire Accord (NCA). Following this agreement, a series of consultations has taken place to discuss the detail of the Accord, including a meeting between 2 – 9 June in Karen State attended by over 100 representatives from 17 ethnic armed groups as well as UN Secretary-General’s Special Advisor on Burma, Vijay Nambiar. As a result, amendments to the text were proposed, and the ethnic armed groups agreed to form a new committee, comprising more senior representatives, to engage in further negotiations with the Burmese government. Prospects for a NCA ahead of the elections in Burma scheduled for November 2015 remain uncertain. However, even in the absence of a NCA, we do not anticipate a return to widespread conflict. Bilateral ceasefires remain in place between the government and the majority of armed groups, and a timetable for further negotiations is being discussed. We remain actively engaged in the peace process and stand ready to provide whatever additional assistance is required.
star this property answering member printed Baroness Anelay of St Johns more like this
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less than 2015-06-24T13:39:15.087Zmore like thismore than 2015-06-24T13:39:15.087Z
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star this property label Biography information for Baroness Anelay of St Johns more like this
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star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2015-06-15more like thismore than 2015-06-15
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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
unstar this property answering dept sort name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property hansard heading Maldives: Political Prisoners 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 information they have about the well-being of former president of the Maldives Mohamed Nasheed, opposition leaders, activists, and other political prisoners who have been arrested or jailed; and what representations they and the Commonwealth have made to the government of the Maldives on behalf of those individuals. more like this
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Lord Alton of Liverpool more like this
star this property uin HL465 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
unstar this property date of answer less than 2015-06-24more like thismore than 2015-06-24
unstar this property answer text We have received many reports about the well-being of former President Nasheed and others, and about the conditions in which they are held. The Minister of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, my right hon. Friend the Member for East Devon (Mr Swire), has regularly raised these issues, and our wider concerns, with the Government of the Maldives, most recently with Foreign Minister Dunya Maumoon on 28 May and 12 June. We also regularly raise the issue of the Maldives with the Commonwealth Secretary General, most recently on 16 June. Commonwealth delegates have recently visited the Maldives to investigate the circumstances of former President Nasheed’s imprisonment. more like this
star this property answering member printed Baroness Anelay of St Johns more like this
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less than 2015-06-24T13:41:02.577Zmore like thismore than 2015-06-24T13:41:02.577Z
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star this property label Biography information for Baroness Anelay of St Johns more like this
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star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2015-06-22more like thismore than 2015-06-22
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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
unstar this property answering dept sort name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property hansard heading North Korea more like this
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star this property question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of any role played by the government of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea in (1) sponsoring and aiding international terrorism; and (2) the abduction and attempted assassination of refugee North Korean activists; and what consideration they are giving to revising their travel advice for North Korea based upon these assessments. more like this
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Lord Alton of Liverpool more like this
star this property uin HL689 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
unstar this property date of answer less than 2015-07-06more like thismore than 2015-07-06
unstar this property answer text <p>The Foreign and Commonwealth Office travel advice for North Korea reflects our latest assessment of the threat from terrorism to British nationals in North Korea. We keep our travel advice under constant review.</p><p>We do not consider that the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) poses a terrorist threat, nor are we aware of any recent incidents of the DPRK abducting or physically harming North Korean refugees. It is unlikely the DPRK would issue visas to any North Korean refugees considering visiting the DPRK, but anyone who has previously held North Korean nationality should take into account that the DPRK may still regard them as North Korean nationals.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Baroness Anelay of St Johns more like this
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less than 2015-07-06T11:43:01Zmore like thismore than 2015-07-06T11:43:01Z
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star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2015-06-22more like thismore than 2015-06-22
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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
unstar this property answering dept sort name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property hansard heading North Korea: Overseas Aid more like this
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star this property question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government in which locations in North Korea the government of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea allows the United Kingdom to implement or fund projects. more like this
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Lord Alton of Liverpool more like this
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unstar this property date of answer less than 2015-06-29more like thismore than 2015-06-29
unstar this property answer text <p>There is no formal agreement between the UK and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) regarding project activity. The UK supports projects delivered by a range of international non-governmental organisations who work in co-ordination with the DPRK government. In recent years, UK funding has contributed to projects taking place in: Pyongyang; North Hwanghae Province; North Pyongyan Province; and Kangwon Province.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Baroness Anelay of St Johns more like this
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less than 2015-06-29T13:23:39.277Zmore like thismore than 2015-06-29T13:23:39.277Z
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star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2015-06-22more like thismore than 2015-06-22
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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
unstar this property answering dept sort name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property hansard heading North Korea: Diplomatic Relations more like this
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star this property question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government to what extent the British Ambassador to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea is allowed to travel freely within that country. more like this
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Lord Alton of Liverpool more like this
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unstar this property date of answer less than 2015-06-29more like thismore than 2015-06-29
unstar this property answer text <p>The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) permits travel by diplomatic missions and international organisations, including our Embassy, to the following areas of the country: Pyongyang; Sinanju; Wonsan; Mount Kumgang; Sariwon; Songrim; Kwail County; and Haeju. Any diplomatic mission or international organisation wishing to undertake travel is required to notify the DPRK’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs beforehand.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Baroness Anelay of St Johns more like this
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less than 2015-06-29T13:24:03.453Zmore like thismore than 2015-06-29T13:24:03.453Z
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star this property date less than 2015-06-23more like thismore than 2015-06-23
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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
unstar this property answering dept sort name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property hansard heading North Korea more like this
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star this property question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the statement by the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Fatherland that the Democratic People's Republic of Korea will take "merciless" steps against the planned opening of a United Nations office in Seoul to monitor human rights violations in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. more like this
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Lord Alton of Liverpool more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
unstar this property date of answer less than 2015-07-06more like thismore than 2015-07-06
unstar this property answer text <p>The UK strongly welcomes the opening of the UN Human Rights Field Office in Seoul. As the Minister of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, my right Hon. Friend the Member for East Devon (Mr Swire), has commented, this is an important step in improving monitoring of human rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK). Our Embassy in Seoul attended the UN Office’s opening ceremony on 23 June and confirmed to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights the UK’s readiness to support the work of the UN Office.</p><p> </p><p>The 29 May on-line statement by the DPRK’s Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Fatherland is clearly regrettable and misguided. Such statements will do nothing to convince the international community that the DPRK is serious about addressing its human rights failings. The international community has legitimate concerns over the human rights situation in the DPRK and it is right that the UN Office has been established so we can continue to document the scope and details of accusations; maintain a spotlight on the situation; and work together to identify how human rights can be improved in the DPRK.</p><p> </p>
star this property answering member printed Baroness Anelay of St Johns more like this
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less than 2015-07-06T11:46:40.023Zmore like thismore than 2015-07-06T11:46:40.023Z
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