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star this property date less than 2018-03-05more like thismore than 2018-03-05
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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
star this property hansard heading Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting more like this
star 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, whether political rights and democracy are planned to be a priority agenda item for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in April 2018; and if he will make a statement. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Glasgow South West more like this
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Chris Stephens more like this
star this property uin 130995 more like this
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star this property answer text We are engaging with the Commonwealth Secretariat and other member states to agree the agenda for the forthcoming Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting. We anticipate a range of discussions during the week, which reflect the shared values of the Commonwealth, including on political rights and democracy as enshrined in the Commonwealth Charter. more like this
star this property answering member constituency North East Bedfordshire more like this
star this property answering member printed Alistair Burt more like this
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less than 2018-03-08T14:51:20.617Zmore like thismore than 2018-03-08T14:51:20.617Z
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unstar this property label Biography information for Alistair Burt more like this
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4463
star this property label Biography information for Chris Stephens more like this
855687
unstar this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2018-03-05more like thismore than 2018-03-05
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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
star this property hansard heading Swaziland: Politics and Government more like this
star 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, whether officials at the British High Commission in Pretoria meet regularly with (a) the Swaziland United Democratic Front and (b) the People's United Democratic Movement in Swaziland or in South Africa; and if he will make a statement. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Glasgow South West more like this
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Chris Stephens more like this
star this property uin 130993 more like this
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star this property answer text <p>​​Officials at our High Commission in Pretoria regularly meet with civil society representatives from Swaziland. These representatives are affiliated to a number of different organisations, including the People's United Democratic Movement in Swaziland and the Swaziland Democratic Party. These meetings have historically taken place more regularly in Swaziland than in South Africa. The next such opportunity to engage will be in late March when the Article 8 EU Political Dialogue with Swaziland takes place in Mbabane.</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 2018-03-08T14:42:52.583Zmore like thismore than 2018-03-08T14:42:52.583Z
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4107
unstar this property label Biography information for Harriett Baldwin more like this
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4463
star this property label Biography information for Chris Stephens more like this
855563
unstar this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2018-03-05more like thismore than 2018-03-05
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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
star this property hansard heading Iran: Females more like this
star 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, if he will make representations to his counterpart in the Iranian Government on the ban on women attending football matches; and if he will make a statement. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Tooting more like this
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Dr Rosena Allin-Khan more like this
star this property uin 130870 more like this
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star this property answer text <p>​Women continue to face discrimination in Iran, whether that is unequal access to the labour market, being forced to wear mandatory hijab in public or being prevented from attending sporting events. We urge the Iranian government to repeal discriminatory laws and enable women and girls to participate equally and contribute fully to society.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency North East Bedfordshire more like this
star this property answering member printed Alistair Burt more like this
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less than 2018-03-08T14:36:21.083Zmore like thismore than 2018-03-08T14:36:21.083Z
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unstar this property label Biography information for Alistair Burt more like this
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4573
star this property label Biography information for Dr Rosena Allin-Khan more like this
846818
unstar this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2018-02-22more like thismore than 2018-02-22
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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
star this property hansard heading Sudan: Political Prisoners more like this
star this property house id 2 more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that the government of Sudan has forced recently released political detainees to take part in negotiations with that government as a condition of their release. more like this
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Baroness Cox more like this
star this property uin HL5780 more like this
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star this property answer text <p>​We are not aware of individuals being required to take part in negotiations as a condition of their release. However, we continue to make clear to the Government of Sudan our expectation that all detainees will be treated in accordance with international standards. This includes ensuring their unconditional release if there are no charges brought against them.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon more like this
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less than 2018-03-08T16:31:26.613Zmore like thismore than 2018-03-08T16:31:26.613Z
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4210
unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon more like this
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3364
star this property label Biography information for Baroness Cox more like this
851567
unstar this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2018-02-28more like thismore than 2018-02-28
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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
star this property hansard heading Sudan: Asylum more like this
star 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, whether his Department has received reports that Sudanese nationals returning from Belgium to Sudan were (a) detained, (b) interrogated and (c) tortured in Sudan. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Scunthorpe more like this
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Nic Dakin more like this
star this property uin 130330 more like this
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star this property answer text <p>​The UK is aware of reports alleging the detention and mistreatment of Sudanese nationals returning to Sudan from Belgium. In December 2017, shortly following these reports, the Belgian Commissioner-General for Refugees and Stateless Persons launched an inquiry regarding the risk in cases of return to Sudan. This inquiry has now completed its investigation, but has not been able conclusively to verify whether or not the allegations were accurate. It is vital that all individuals returning to Sudan are treated in accordance with international standards.</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 2018-03-08T14:54:21.907Zmore like thismore than 2018-03-08T14:54:21.907Z
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unstar this property label Biography information for Harriett Baldwin more like this
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4056
star this property label Biography information for Nic Dakin more like this
855688
unstar this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2018-03-05more like thismore than 2018-03-05
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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
star this property hansard heading Swaziland: Politics and Government more like this
star 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, whether his Department meets regularly with (a) Action for Southern Africa, (b) the Swaziland Human Rights Network UK and (c) other civil society groups in the UK to discuss human rights and democracy in Swaziland; and if he will make a statement. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Glasgow South West more like this
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Chris Stephens more like this
star this property uin 130994 more like this
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star this property answer text <p>​Officials in Africa Directorate regularly meet with civil society groups on a range of issues and are open to meeting with Action for Southern Africa, Swaziland Human Rights Network UK or other groups to discuss human rights and democracy in Swaziland.</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 2018-03-08T14:47:27.133Zmore like thismore than 2018-03-08T14:47:27.133Z
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4107
unstar this property label Biography information for Harriett Baldwin more like this
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4463
star this property label Biography information for Chris Stephens more like this
846833
unstar this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2018-02-22more like thismore than 2018-02-22
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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
star this property hansard heading Universal Declaration of Human Rights more like this
star this property house id 2 more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to mark the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which takes place on 10 December. more like this
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The Marquess of Lothian more like this
star this property uin HL5795 more like this
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star this property answer text <p>​Every year the Foreign and Commonwealth Office commemorates Human Rights Day (10 December) which is the anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This year the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and its diplomatic network will commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights using a variety of public diplomacy efforts to promote, defend and champion human rights. This includes, as set out in my statement at the Human Rights Council, the Magna Carta Fund for Human Rights and Democracy spending approximately £10.6 million in 2017/18 to support 110 projects in over 60 countries. The UK remains committed to the universal principles enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon more like this
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less than 2018-03-08T16:36:50.433Zmore like thismore than 2018-03-08T16:36:50.433Z
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4210
unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon more like this
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star this property label Biography information for The Marquess of Lothian more like this
851032
unstar this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2018-02-27more like thismore than 2018-02-27
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Ministry of Justice more like this
star this property answering dept id 54 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Justice more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Justice more like this
star this property hansard heading Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 more like this
star 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 Justice, What steps his Department is taking to ensure that the review of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 receives input from a wide range of stakeholders. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Leeds North West more like this
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Alex Sobel more like this
star this property uin 130224 more like this
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star this property answer text <p>Yesterday, the Lord Chancellor launched the engagement phase of the Post-Implementation Review on the effects of the major changes to legal aid made by and under Part 1 of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012. We will be writing to some key stakeholders to take part in consultative groups.</p><p>Alongside consultative group meetings we will also set up a route by which other interested parties can submit relevant analytical evidence.</p><p>The Government plans to use this opportunity of engagement with stakeholders to inform its wider consideration on the future of legal support in the justice system.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency South East Cambridgeshire more like this
star this property answering member printed Lucy Frazer more like this
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less than 2018-03-08T10:26:55.813Zmore like thismore than 2018-03-08T10:26:55.813Z
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unstar this property label Biography information for Lucy Frazer more like this
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4658
star this property label Biography information for Alex Sobel more like this
851574
unstar this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2018-02-28more like thismore than 2018-02-28
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Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport more like this
star this property answering dept id 10 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Digital, Culture, Media and Sport more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Digital, Culture, Media and Sport more like this
star this property hansard heading Service Industries: Employment more like this
star 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 Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether the Government plans to support the hospitality industry’s upcoming campaign entitled Hospitality Works; and if he will make a statement. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Rochford and Southend East more like this
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James Duddridge more like this
star this property uin 130337 more like this
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star this property answer text <p>Yes. Hospitality Works ran from the 7 February 2018 to 7 March 2018. This was a joint initiative between DWP and Trade Bodies (British Hospitality Association, Association of Licensed and Multiple Retailers and the British Beer &amp; Pub Association) and partners (SpringboardUK).</p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Northampton North more like this
star this property answering member printed Michael Ellis more like this
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less than 2018-03-08T16:19:36.823Zmore like thismore than 2018-03-08T16:19:36.823Z
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unstar this property label Biography information for Michael Ellis more like this
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star this property label Biography information for James Duddridge more like this
855755
unstar this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2018-03-05more like thismore than 2018-03-05
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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
star this property hansard heading Sanctions more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what methodologies in addition to the UN Inter-agency Standing Committee’s Sanctions Assessment Handbook his Department uses to assess the humanitarian effects of sanctions. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Bishop Auckland more like this
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Helen Goodman more like this
star this property uin 131061 more like this
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star this property answer text <p>When considering the application of sanctions, the Government considers their humanitarian effects, both on the individuals and entities subject to sanctions, as well as on the general population if sanctions are broader. The Government follows a Smarter Sanctions policy which seeks to focus sanctions on those whose behaviour we are trying to change and reduce the risk of unintended consequences.</p><p>There are a range of tools and guidance available and we take a case-by-case approach to assessing the humanitarian effects of sanctions for each regime. UN sanctions regimes have panels of experts that produce reports covering the unintended consequences of sanctions regimes, including humanitarian impacts, amongst other things. At the EU, the humanitarian impact is also taken into account when sanctions are considered. We also work to ensure the design of each sanctions regulation takes into account of what exceptions or special licensing arrangements are appropriate for the type of sanctions regime, in line with the UK's foreign policy goals. We work closely with Government staff in country to ensure that humanitarian effects are minimised.</p>
star this property answering member constituency Rutland and Melton more like this
star this property answering member printed Sir Alan Duncan more like this
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less than 2018-03-08T17:34:51.22Zmore like thismore than 2018-03-08T17:34:51.22Z
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unstar this property label Biography information for Sir Alan Duncan more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Helen Goodman more like this