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1078601
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star this property date less than 2019-02-27more like thismore than 2019-02-27
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Foreign and Commonwealth Office remove filter
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 Christianity: Oppression 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 convene an emergency international summit, hosted in London, to co-ordinate a response to the attacks on Christians around the world. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Aberdeen South remove filter
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Ross Thomson more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-03-06more like thismore than 2019-03-06
star this property answer text <p>We British Government Ministers regularly raise our concerns about the persecution of religious minorities, including Christians, where this occurs. The Government works with a large number of NGOs, to help promote and protect freedom of religion or belief. We use information from a wide range of sources to inform our work. The Foreign Secretary has asked the Bishop of Truro to conduct an independent review of the persecution of Christians around the world to help inform this important area of our work to ensure it is targeted and effective. There are no plans to host an emergency international summit on this matter.</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 2019-03-06T15:39:10.183Zmore like thismore than 2019-03-06T15:39:10.183Z
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star this property label Biography information for Mark Field more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Ross Thomson more like this
1078602
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star this property date less than 2019-02-27more like thismore than 2019-02-27
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Foreign and Commonwealth Office remove filter
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 Nigeria: Christianity 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 hold discussions with his Nigerian counterpart on (a) the rescue of Leah Sharibu and other people kidnapped by Boko Haram and (b) ending the violence against Christians in Nigeria’s middle belt. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Aberdeen South remove filter
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Ross Thomson more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-03-06more like thismore than 2019-03-06
star this property answer text <p>The UK repeatedly calls for the release of all those abducted by Boko Haram and Islamic State West Africa (ISWA) including Leah Sharibu. We will continue to use our public messaging and extensive engagement with the Government of Nigeria to secure their release. The Government of Nigeria has given assurances that they are making all efforts to secure Leah's release.</p><p>We regularly raise our concerns about intercommunal violence with the Nigerian Government at the highest levels. Our assessment is that religious identity is a factor but the root causes are highly complex, including disputes over land, farming rights, the impact of climate change, grazing routes and access to water. Our High Commission in Abuja is engaging closely with international partners, the Nigerian government, state governments and the National Economic Council to develop measures which address the underlying causes of the conflict, including the recently-announced bi-partisan National Livestock Transformation Plan.</p><p>​</p>
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 2019-03-06T16:26:28.123Zmore like thismore than 2019-03-06T16:26:28.123Z
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star this property label Biography information for Harriett Baldwin more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Ross Thomson more like this
1078603
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-02-27more like thismore than 2019-02-27
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Foreign and Commonwealth Office remove filter
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 Middle East: Christianity 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, if he will co-ordinate an international effort to encourage Christians and other religious minorities who have left Iraq and Syria to return to those countries to rebuild their lives. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Aberdeen South remove filter
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Ross Thomson more like this
unstar this property uin 226723 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-03-08more like thismore than 2019-03-08
star this property answer text <p>The UK supports the right of all Iraqi and Syrian refugees, regardless of religion, to return to their homes safely, voluntarily and in dignity, when conditions allow.</p><p>Syria is not currently an environment for safe, voluntary and dignified refugee return. We are calling for a negotiated political settlement to end the conflict and create the conditions for refugees to return.</p><p>During my visit to Iraq in January I raised the importance of voluntary returns of refugees and internationally displaced persons with representatives from the Government of Iraq and the Kurdistan Regional Government. To help enable these returns, the UK has committed over £47 million to directly improve conditions in areas liberated from Daesh in Iraq, including an additional £6.9 million which I announced during my visit.</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 2019-03-08T12:43:49.367Zmore like thismore than 2019-03-08T12:43:49.367Z
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star this property label Biography information for Alistair Burt more like this
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4599
star this property label Biography information for Ross Thomson more like this
1078604
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-02-27more like thismore than 2019-02-27
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Foreign and Commonwealth Office remove filter
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 Pakistan: Christianity more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what support his Department is providing to Christians on death row on charges of blasphemy in Pakistan . more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Aberdeen South remove filter
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Ross Thomson more like this
unstar this property uin 226724 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-03-08more like thismore than 2019-03-08
star this property answer text <p>It is the British Government's longstanding policy to oppose the death penalty in all circumstances and in all countries. We remain deeply concerned by the misuse of the blasphemy laws and the treatment of minority religious communities, including Christians, in Pakistan.</p><p>We regularly raise our human rights concerns with the Government of Pakistan at a senior level. Most recently my colleague Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon, the Prime Minister's Special Envoy for Freedom of Religion or Belief, discussed the treatment of minority communities with Pakistan's Federal Minister for Human Rights, Dr Shireen Mazari, during his visit to Pakistan on 18 and 19 February. At the UN Universal Periodic Review of Pakistan in November 2017, the UK pressed Pakistan to strengthen the protection of minorities and to explain the steps being taken to tackle the abuse of the blasphemy laws.</p><p>To ensure the United Kingdom is supporting Christians in the best possible way, the Foreign Secretary has commissioned an independent, global review of the support provided to Christians overseas. The Review will consider what additional practical steps the Foreign and Commonwealth Office can take to support persecuted Christians. It will be led by the Bishop of Truro, Rt Revd. Philip Mounstephen, and will make an initial report around Easter.</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 2019-03-08T14:38:23.487Zmore like thismore than 2019-03-08T14:38:23.487Z
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star this property label Biography information for Mark Field more like this
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4599
star this property label Biography information for Ross Thomson more like this
1078606
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star this property date less than 2019-02-27more like thismore than 2019-02-27
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Foreign and Commonwealth Office remove filter
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 Burma: Christianity 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 rights of Christian minorities in Burma. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Aberdeen South remove filter
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Ross Thomson more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-03-06more like thismore than 2019-03-06
star this property answer text <p>The British Government continues to express out concern at restrictions on freedom of religion and belief in Burma. The Minister for the Commonwealth and the United Nations raised the UK's concerns about persecution faced by Christian and other minorities in Burma in his speech to the Human Rights Council in February 2018. The UK, working with the EU and the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, secured a UN Human Rights Council Resolution on 27 September 2018 that called for the amending or repealing of discriminatory provisions of the &quot;protection of race and religion laws&quot; in Burma covering religious conversion, interfaith marriage, monogamy and population control. The British Ambassador met the Burmese Minister for Religious Affairs on 9 August 2018, and underlined the importance of interfaith dialogue.</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 2019-03-06T15:43:19.057Zmore like thismore than 2019-03-06T15:43:19.057Z
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star this property label Biography information for Mark Field more like this
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4599
star this property label Biography information for Ross Thomson more like this
1078607
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-02-27more like thismore than 2019-02-27
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Foreign and Commonwealth Office remove filter
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 Egypt: Christianity 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 promote religious tolerance and justice for Coptic Christians in Egypt. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Aberdeen South remove filter
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Ross Thomson more like this
unstar this property uin 226726 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-03-08more like thismore than 2019-03-08
star this property answer text <p>​We condemn the terrorist attacks targeting the Coptic community and continue to stand with Egypt against terrorism. We regularly raise our concerns over issues affecting Christians with the Egyptian Government and welcome President Sisi's consistent calls for peaceful coexistence. The Prime Minister's Special Envoy for Freedom of Religion or Belief, Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon, visited Cairo in November, where he reaffirmed our mutual commitment to freedom of religion or belief and held a roundtable with religious leaders at the Anglican Cathedral.</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 2019-03-08T11:59:18Zmore like thismore than 2019-03-08T11:59:18Z
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star this property label Biography information for Alistair Burt more like this
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4599
star this property label Biography information for Ross Thomson more like this
1078611
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-02-27more like thismore than 2019-02-27
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Foreign and Commonwealth Office remove filter
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 Middle East: Christianity 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 steps his Department is taking to help protect the rights of Christian workers in the Middle East. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Aberdeen South remove filter
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Ross Thomson more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-03-08more like thismore than 2019-03-08
star this property answer text <p>The Foreign Secretary and the Minister for the Commonwealth and the UN have had a number of recent engagements with religious leaders, interested organisations, partner governments and parliamentarians on the issue of Freedom of Religion or Belief and the protection of human rights of Christians and all religious minorities around the world, including in the Middle East. We are also engaged on issues which impact on the situation of Christians working in the Middle East, including the rights of migrant workers and refugees and the ability of members of religious minorities to access labour markets in relevant countries in the region.</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 2019-03-08T12:51:15.12Zmore like thismore than 2019-03-08T12:51:15.12Z
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star this property label Biography information for Alistair Burt more like this
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4599
star this property label Biography information for Ross Thomson more like this
832895
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star this property date less than 2018-01-29more like thismore than 2018-01-29
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Foreign and Commonwealth Office remove filter
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 Israel: Palestinians 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, whether he has made representations to the Palestinian Authority to encourage that body to accept the Israeli invitation to return to direct peace negotiations without preconditions. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Aberdeen South remove filter
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Ross Thomson more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2018-02-06more like thismore than 2018-02-06
star this property answer text <p>​The UK continues to press both the Israelis and Palestinians to engage in direct negotiations that will lead to a safe and secure Israel living alongside a viable and sovereign Palestinian state. The Foreign Secretary and I reiterated our support for a negotiated two-state solution when we met Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Malki in London on 8 January. I also encouraged the Palestinians to re-engage in peace negotiations when I spoke to Foreign Minister Riyad al-Malki on 21 January.</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 2018-02-06T13:06:27.527Zmore like thismore than 2018-02-06T13:06:27.527Z
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star this property label Biography information for Alistair Burt more like this
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4599
star this property label Biography information for Ross Thomson more like this
832904
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star this property date less than 2018-01-29more like thismore than 2018-01-29
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Foreign and Commonwealth Office remove filter
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 Yemen: Humanitarian Aid 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 recent meetings he has had with the Government of Oman on the provision of humanitarian assistance to Yemen. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Aberdeen South remove filter
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Ross Thomson more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2018-02-06more like thismore than 2018-02-06
star this property answer text <p>​Addressing the humanitarian crisis in Yemen is a key priority for the UK and we continue to raise the issue in regular conversations with our regional and international partners. The Foreign Secretary regularly discusses regional issue with the Government of Oman, most recently on 24 January during his visit to Oman.</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 2018-02-06T17:47:24.147Zmore like thismore than 2018-02-06T17:47:24.147Z
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star this property label Biography information for Alistair Burt more like this
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4599
star this property label Biography information for Ross Thomson more like this
823074
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star this property date less than 2018-01-15more like thismore than 2018-01-15
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Foreign and Commonwealth Office remove filter
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 Israel: Palestinians 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 recent representations he has made to the Palestinian Authority on accepting Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu's invitation to return to direct peace negotiations without preconditions. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Aberdeen South remove filter
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Ross Thomson more like this
unstar this property uin 122757 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2018-01-23more like thismore than 2018-01-23
star this property answer text <p>The UK is committed to making progress towards a two-state solution. We regularly press both the Israelis and Palestinians to engage in direct negotiations that will lead to a safe and secure Israel living alongside a viable and sovereign Palestinian state. The Foreign Secretary and I reiterated our support for a negotiated two-state solution when we met Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Malki in London on 8 January.</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 2018-01-23T17:56:23.237Zmore like thismore than 2018-01-23T17:56:23.237Z
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star this property label Biography information for Alistair Burt more like this
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4599
star this property label Biography information for Ross Thomson more like this