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unstar this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2015-06-02more like thismore than 2015-06-02
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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 UK Membership of EU more like this
star this property house id 2 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 steps, if any, they are taking to ensure that no significant European Union policy changes will be agreed or implemented during the period of re-negotiation ahead of a referendum in the United Kingdom on membership of the European Union. more like this
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Lord Stoddart of Swindon more like this
unstar this property uin HL203 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 2015-06-15more like thismore than 2015-06-15
star this property answer text <p>The British Government will continue to conduct European Union business during this period. The Prime Minister, my right hon. Friend the Member for Witney (Mr Cameron), has been clear with EU partners that reforming the EU and renegotiating the UK’s relationship ahead of a referendum is a priority for the UK and the British people.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Earl of Courtown more like this
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less than 2015-06-15T16:16:42.163Zmore like thismore than 2015-06-15T16:16:42.163Z
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unstar this property label Biography information for The Earl of Courtown more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Stoddart of Swindon more like this
347934
unstar this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2015-06-02more like thismore than 2015-06-02
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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 Turkey: Kurds 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 discussions they have had with the government of Turkey regarding the extent of progress in providing Kurdish-language education in state primary schools in majority Kurdish areas. more like this
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Lord Hylton more like this
unstar this property uin HL220 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 2015-06-15more like thismore than 2015-06-15
star this property answer text <p>UK officials often visit Kurdish areas in Turkey to meet interlocutors from government and civil society and frequently discuss issues such as mother tongue education. We welcome efforts by the Turkish government, such as the 2013 “democratisation package”, to improve minority rights for minority groups in Turkey, including the Kurds, and we look forward to further progress in this area.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Earl of Courtown more like this
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less than 2015-06-15T16:18:11.067Zmore like thismore than 2015-06-15T16:18:11.067Z
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3359
unstar this property label Biography information for The Earl of Courtown more like this
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2018
star this property label Biography information for Lord Hylton more like this
347935
unstar this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2015-06-02more like thismore than 2015-06-02
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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 USA: Electronic Surveillance 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 discussions they have had with the government of the United States regarding the temporary halt of a range of surveillance powers in that country; and what assessment they have made of the impact of that halt for the United Kingdom intelligence services in the light of the forthcoming bill regarding communications data. more like this
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Lord Hay of Ballyore more like this
unstar this property uin HL221 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 2015-06-15more like thismore than 2015-06-15
star this property answer text <p>We have ongoing discussions with the US government on a full range of intelligence and security issues. The approval of the Freedom Act is a matter for the US government. With regard to the impact on our intelligence services of the temporary halt of a range of surveillance powers in the US, it is a long-standing policy of the British Government that we do not comment on intelligence matters. The Gracious Speech contained a commitment to bring forward legislation on communications data, and that legislation will extend to all of the investigatory powers covered in David Anderson’s review.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Earl of Courtown more like this
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less than 2015-06-15T16:19:14.13Zmore like thismore than 2015-06-15T16:19:14.13Z
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3359
unstar this property label Biography information for The Earl of Courtown more like this
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4352
star this property label Biography information for Lord Hay of Ballyore more like this
383715
unstar this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2015-06-18more like thismore than 2015-06-18
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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 Operation Blue Star 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, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Warsi on 7 April 2014 (HL WA244), and the oral answer by the Earl of Courtown on 16 June (HL Deb, col 1077), why they consider the mass killing of Sikhs in India to be a matter for the government of India alone, and not an issue for the international community. more like this
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Lord Singh of Wimbledon more like this
unstar this property uin HL623 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 2015-07-02more like thismore than 2015-07-02
star this property answer text <p>The events of June 1984 at Sri Harmandir Sahib in Amritsar led to a tragic loss of life and remain a source of deep pain to Sikhs everywhere around the world. We recognise the deep scars that this event left and the incredibly strong feelings that exist to this day. Relations between the Sikhs in India and the Indian government is an internal matter between those two parties.</p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Earl of Courtown more like this
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less than 2015-07-02T14:12:47.157Zmore like thismore than 2015-07-02T14:12:47.157Z
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3359
unstar this property label Biography information for The Earl of Courtown more like this
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4251
star this property label Biography information for Lord Singh of Wimbledon more like this
383725
unstar this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2015-06-18more like thismore than 2015-06-18
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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 Sri Lanka: 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 is their latest assessment of the human rights situation in Sri Lanka. more like this
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Baroness Kennedy of Cradley more like this
unstar this property uin HL633 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 2015-07-02more like thismore than 2015-07-02
star this property answer text <p>We welcomed the early commitments by President Sirisena, and his new government, to make progress on human rights concerns in Sri Lanka. Since then there have been a number of positive steps taken, including the adoption of the 19th amendment to the constitution that restores the independence of key institutions; removal of restrictions on freedom of expression, with exiled journalists invited to return to the country and a number of banned websites unblocked; and, more democratic space with travel bans on foreign nationals visiting the North lifted and the Non-Governmental Organisations Secretariat moved from the Ministry of Defence to the Ministry of Policy Planning and Economic Affairs.</p><p>Challenges however remain, particularly over high military levels in the North and their involvement in civilian life and land occupation.</p><p> </p><p>The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights will make an assessment of progress at the September UN Human Rights Council.</p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Earl of Courtown more like this
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less than 2015-07-02T14:12:04.99Zmore like thismore than 2015-07-02T14:12:04.99Z
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3359
unstar this property label Biography information for The Earl of Courtown more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Baroness Kennedy of Cradley more like this
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unstar this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2015-07-07more like thismore than 2015-07-07
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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 Zimbabwe: Pensions 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 progress has been made in any discussions they are having with the government of Zimbabwe on the subject of pensions owed to former Rhodesian or Zimbabwean public servants. more like this
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Lord Goodlad more like this
unstar this property uin HL1167 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 2015-07-21more like thismore than 2015-07-21
star this property answer text <p>The British Government continues to remind the relevant authorities in Zimbabwe of their legal commitment to former employees of the Southern Rhodesia government. Following our most recent approach, the Government of Zimbabwe last wrote to us on 27 May. They explained that pension repayments remain affected by current financial constraints in Zimbabwe and the state of the wider economy. Nonetheless, at our prompting they committed to continuing to seek a solution.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Earl of Courtown more like this
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less than 2015-07-21T14:51:04.097Zmore like thismore than 2015-07-21T14:51:04.097Z
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3359
unstar this property label Biography information for The Earl of Courtown more like this
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670
star this property label Biography information for Lord Goodlad more like this
388042
unstar this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2015-07-07more like thismore than 2015-07-07
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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 Zimbabwe: Pensions more like this
star this property house id 2 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, in the light of the fact that the government of Zimbabwe’s obligation to pay the pensions owed to former Rhodesian or Zimbabwean public servants has not been fulfilled, what assessment they have made of their obligation to assist those former servants of the Crown; what assessment they have made of the case for making ex gratia payments to those former public servants without prejudice, either from development aid or other funds, in the light of the practice of protecting the pensions of officers employed on expatriate terms in other former dependent territories; and what, if any, assessment they have made of the cost of making such ex gratia payments. more like this
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Lord Goodlad more like this
unstar this property uin HL1168 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 2015-07-21more like thismore than 2015-07-21
star this property answer text <p>The UK’s pension protection arrangements in Zimbabwe are confined to those officers who were recruited by the Secretary of State for the Colonies to serve in Southern Rhodesia on expatriate terms. For those recruited on expatriate terms, the UK provides direct pension support. We continue to be clear that the UK does not have legal or moral responsibility for Southern Rhodesian civil service pensions. This responsibility lies solely with the Government of Zimbabwe.</p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Earl of Courtown more like this
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less than 2015-07-21T14:51:30.89Zmore like thismore than 2015-07-21T14:51:30.89Z
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3359
unstar this property label Biography information for The Earl of Courtown more like this
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670
star this property label Biography information for Lord Goodlad more like this
388473
unstar this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2015-07-08more like thismore than 2015-07-08
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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 Democratic Republic of Congo: Detainees 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 representations they have made to the government of the Democratic Republic of Congo calling for the release of Fred Bauma and Yves Makwambala. more like this
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Lord Chidgey more like this
unstar this property uin HL1248 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 2015-07-21more like thismore than 2015-07-21
star this property answer text <p>Officials from our Embassy in Kinshasa have twice lobbied the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) alongside other EU missions to raise our concerns about the ongoing detentions of Fred Bauma and Yves Makwambala. We continue to urge the DRC government to act on the recommendations of its Parliamentary Commission of Inquiry into the arrests.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Earl of Courtown more like this
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less than 2015-07-21T14:51:50.967Zmore like thismore than 2015-07-21T14:51:50.967Z
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3359
unstar this property label Biography information for The Earl of Courtown more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Chidgey more like this
388474
unstar this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2015-07-08more like thismore than 2015-07-08
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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 Democratic Republic of Congo: 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 representations they have made to the government of the Democratic Republic of Congo regarding allegations of unlawful detention and acts of torture by the Congolese intelligence services against activists, political leaders and human rights campaigners following protests in January against the revision of the electoral law and demonstrations in March organised by LUCHA. more like this
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Lord Chidgey more like this
unstar this property uin HL1249 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 2015-07-21more like thismore than 2015-07-21
star this property answer text <p>We remain deeply concerned by the Congolese authorities’ response to the civil unrest that affected Kinshasa and the wider Democratic Republic of Congo in January, and subsequent peaceful political activity. It is unacceptable to hold the arrested participants in detention for long periods without charge or due legal assistance. We are concerned by reports that their testimony was obtained under duress and that this may be used in legal proceedings against the activists.</p><p>In response, and together with other EU Missions, officials from our Embassy in Kinshasa twice lobbied the Congolese government to voice our concern at the arrest and detention without charge of the activists. Officials also joined other international observers in monitoring court hearings in this case and those of a number of other activists detained in recent months. Officials have stressed to the Congolese authorities that civil society organisations must be allowed to hold workshops on the democratic process without fear of arrest or reprisal, that all legal proceedings must fully respect the international standards of due process and that the right to peaceful demonstration and assembly must be upheld. Our concerns were set out in an EU Heads of Mission press statement issued on 11 February.</p><p> </p>
star this property answering member printed Earl of Courtown more like this
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less than 2015-07-21T15:20:03.007Zmore like thismore than 2015-07-21T15:20:03.007Z
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3359
unstar this property label Biography information for The Earl of Courtown more like this
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50
star this property label Biography information for Lord Chidgey more like this
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unstar this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2015-07-08more like thismore than 2015-07-08
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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 Democratic Republic of Congo: 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 representations they have made to the government of the Democratic Republic Congo pressing for an independent, credible, and transparent investigation of the mass grave found in March in Maluka, supported by international investigators and experts. more like this
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Lord Chidgey more like this
unstar this property uin HL1250 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 2015-07-21more like thismore than 2015-07-21
star this property answer text <p>British Government officials have called upon Congolese judicial officials to properly investigate the mass grave containing over 400 bodies uncovered in Maluku in March.</p><p>We urge the Congolese authorities to work closely with international experts, including from the UN Mission to the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUSCO) and the UN Joint Human Rights Office (UNJHRO) in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and call on them to ensure that a transparent and credible investigation is urgently undertaken. Officials have also encouraged the Congolese government to ensure a thorough response to the public compliant filed on 5 June by the families of 34 victims of disappeared persons.</p><p>On 10 April the EU delegation in Kinshasa made a press statement on behalf of all EU Heads of Mission in Kinshasa reiterating this call for justice.</p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Earl of Courtown more like this
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less than 2015-07-21T15:25:07.013Zmore like thismore than 2015-07-21T15:25:07.013Z
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3359
unstar this property label Biography information for The Earl of Courtown more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Chidgey more like this
388476
unstar this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2015-07-08more like thismore than 2015-07-08
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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 Democratic Republic of Congo: 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 is their assessment of the call from Human Rights Watch for an exhumation of the mass grave at Maluka by an international team. more like this
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Lord Chidgey more like this
unstar this property uin HL1251 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 2015-07-21more like thismore than 2015-07-21
star this property answer text <p>British Government officials have called upon Congolese judicial officials to properly investigate the mass grave containing over 400 bodies uncovered in Maluku in March.</p><p>We urge the Congolese authorities to work closely with international experts, including from the UN Mission to the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUSCO) and the UN Joint Human Rights Office (UNJHRO) in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and call on them to ensure that a transparent and credible investigation is urgently undertaken. Officials have also encouraged the Congolese government to ensure a thorough response to the public compliant filed on 5 June by the families of 34 victims of disappeared persons.</p><p>On 10 April the EU delegation in Kinshasa made a press statement on behalf of all EU Heads of Mission in Kinshasa reiterating this call for justice.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Earl of Courtown more like this
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less than 2015-07-21T15:25:29.97Zmore like thismore than 2015-07-21T15:25:29.97Z
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3359
unstar this property label Biography information for The Earl of Courtown more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Chidgey more like this
448140
unstar this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2016-01-27more like thismore than 2016-01-27
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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 Yemen: Military Intervention more like this
star this property house id 2 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 is their assessment of the draft report by the UN panel of experts on Yemen, which documents major violations of international humanitarian law by all sides to the Yemen conflict, including the Saudi-led coalition. more like this
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Baroness Kinnock of Holyhead more like this
unstar this property uin HL5530 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 2016-02-10more like thismore than 2016-02-10
star this property answer text <p>Although this is a leaked document, we are aware of the report which has not yet been published, and are looking at the conclusions carefully. We recognise the importance of the work of the UN Panel of Experts and take the allegations raised in the report seriously. The Ministry of Defence monitors incidents of alleged International Humanitarian Law (IHL) violations using available information which in turn informs our overall assessment of IHL compliance in Yemen.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Earl of Courtown more like this
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less than 2016-02-10T12:50:37.727Zmore like thismore than 2016-02-10T12:50:37.727Z
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unstar this property label Biography information for The Earl of Courtown more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Baroness Kinnock of Holyhead more like this
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unstar this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2016-01-27more like thismore than 2016-01-27
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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 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 representations they have made to the French Prime Minster concerning his recent statement that total, global and ruthless war must be conducted against Daesh; and whether he considers that total war would require the deployment of ground troops. more like this
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The Marquess of Lothian more like this
unstar this property uin HL5537 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 2016-02-10more like thismore than 2016-02-10
star this property answer text <p>The British Government shares a commitment with the Government of France to comprehensively defeat Daesh, and we are determined to work together to this end as part of an international coalition, as demonstrated by UN Security Council resolutions 2249 and 2254, amongst others. We continue to work very closely with the French government in a number of areas in order to coordinate as effectively as possible the international effort to degrade and defeat Daesh. France is one of our closest and most valued partners in the Global Counter-Daesh Coalition.</p><p> </p><p>We frequently discuss cooperation against Daesh with a range of French colleagues. The Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, my right hon. Friend the Member for Runnymede and Weybridge (Mr Hammond), met the French Foreign Minister in Rome on 2 February and discussed the campaign against Daesh and counter terrorism, amongst other issues.</p><p> </p><p>The Prime Minister, my right hon. Friend the Member for Witney (Mr Cameron), has said that the UK will not deploy troops in ground combat operations. We and our Coalition partners, including France, have been clear that defeating Daesh in Syria and Iraq will not be achieved by the large scale deployment of foreign ground troops.</p>
star this property answering member printed Earl of Courtown more like this
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less than 2016-02-10T12:51:58.377Zmore like thismore than 2016-02-10T12:51:58.377Z
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unstar this property label Biography information for The Earl of Courtown more like this
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star this property label Biography information for The Marquess of Lothian more like this
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unstar this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2016-01-28more like thismore than 2016-01-28
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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 remove filter
star this property answering dept sort name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property hansard heading Burundi: Civil Disorder 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 impact of recent civil disturbances in Burundi on livelihoods and resilience and the role of the African Union and the East African Community in providing peace, reconciliation and economic growth in Burundi. more like this
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Lord Boateng more like this
unstar this property uin HL5621 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 2016-02-10more like thismore than 2016-02-10
star this property answer text <p>The UK is deeply concerned by the situation in Burundi. The recent civil disturbances have led to the flight of over 234,000 refugees to neighbouring countries. There are an additional 15,000 internally displaced people. The UN reports that 36 per cent of houses are now food insecure, with 7 per cent severely food insecure. This has a devastating impact on the livelihoods of those individuals and the resilience of those left behind to further confrontation and economic hardship.</p><p> </p><p>The East African Community (EAC) has mandated Uganda to facilitate a dialogue between the various parties in Burundi. Leadership from the EAC is important in securing peace and reconciliation. The UK strongly supports the EAC-led dialogue but insufficient progress has been made so far. The parties met for the first time on 28 December, but the Government of Burundi is refusing to engage with the opposition so no date can be set for a second round of talks. We continue to press the Government of Burundi to engage fully in talks.</p><p> </p><p>The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, my hon. Friend the Member for Rochford and Southend East (James Duddridge), visited Burundi in mid-December 2015 where he pressed the government to engage in inclusive dialogue to end the violence. He again pressed the Foreign Minister for action when they met at the recent African Union (AU) Summit. The summit also provided an opportunity to lobby a range of AU members on the importance of regional leadership in resolving the situation in Burundi. Until there is peace and reconciliation, there will be limited opportunity to successfully support economic growth in Burundi, which has collapsed since the start of the crisis.</p>
star this property answering member printed Earl of Courtown more like this
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less than 2016-02-10T12:52:40.637Zmore like thismore than 2016-02-10T12:52:40.637Z
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unstar this property label Biography information for The Earl of Courtown more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Boateng more like this
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star this property date less than 2016-01-28more like thismore than 2016-01-28
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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 remove filter
star this property answering dept sort name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property hansard heading Burundi: Rule of Law 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 state of the rule of law in Burundi, the need for security sector reform and the role of development assistance in addressing any deficits in this regard. more like this
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Lord Boateng more like this
unstar this property uin HL5623 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 2016-02-10more like thismore than 2016-02-10
star this property answer text <p>The UK is deeply concerned by the situation in Burundi. At least 130 people were killed in December 2015 alone. We are aware of 250 cases of torture/ill treatment and 13 documented cases of sexual violence. The UK has also been deeply concerned to hear of allegations that the police and the Burundian ruling party’s youth league are involved in the violence, including sexual violence. These reports demonstrate that the rule of law is in a fragile state in Burundi.</p><p> </p><p>Given this, there is a critical need for security sector reform (SSR) in Burundi. The African Union (AU) has authorised a protection mission to Burundi if Burundian consent is obtained. If the mission is deployed the UK will provide financial and logistical support. However, the UK’s current focus is to see progress in the Ugandan-mediated East African Community dialogue. Without dialogue, SSR will bear little fruit.</p><p> </p><p>The UK does not currently have a bilateral aid programme with Burundi; however, the Department for International Development is providing £18.15 million to support Burundian refugees in the region, making the UK the second largest contributor to the humanitarian effort after the US.</p><p> </p><p>The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, my hon. Friend the Member for Rochford and Southend East (James Duddridge), visited Burundi in mid-December 2015 where he pressed the Government to engage in inclusive dialogue to end the violence. He again pressed the Foreign Minister for action when they met at the recent AU Summit. The summit also provided an opportunity to lobby a range of AU members on the importance of regional leadership in resolving the situation in Burundi.</p>
star this property answering member printed Earl of Courtown more like this
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less than 2016-02-10T12:53:23.137Zmore like thismore than 2016-02-10T12:53:23.137Z
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unstar this property label Biography information for The Earl of Courtown more like this
star this property tabling member
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Boateng more like this
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unstar this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2016-03-02more like thismore than 2016-03-02
star this property answering body
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 Thailand: Refugees 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 (1) the conditions faced by Pakistani refugees who have been incarcerated in detention centres in Thailand, and (2) the allegations contained in the BBC World documentary <i>Our World</i>, broadcast on 27 February, that women and children are being held there, despite being UN-registered asylum seekers; and when they last discussed that situation with the UNHCR and the government of Thailand. more like this
star this property tabling member printed
Lord Alton of Liverpool more like this
unstar this property uin HL6644 more like this
star this property answer
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2016-03-15more like thismore than 2016-03-15
star this property answer text <p>We are concerned about the treatment of refugees and asylum seekers in Thailand. Thailand is not a signatory to the 1951 UN Convention on Refugees. Once any form of legal immigration status expires, refugees and asylum claimants can be deemed illegally in the country even if they have registered with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees. Nonetheless, we have pressed the Thai authorities to apply international humanitarian norms and standards when handling these vulnerable groups. We are also working with the Thai authorities to improve conditions of detention.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Earl of Courtown more like this
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less than 2016-03-15T16:26:48.527Zmore like thismore than 2016-03-15T16:26:48.527Z
star this property answering member
3359
unstar this property label Biography information for The Earl of Courtown more like this
star this property tabling member
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Alton of Liverpool more like this
457369
unstar this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2016-03-03more like thismore than 2016-03-03
star this property answering body
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 Turkey: Kurds 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 representations they are making to the government of Turkey about compensation for the inhabitants of Cizre whose close relatives have died, or whose property has been destroyed, as a result of government action. more like this
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Lord Hylton more like this
unstar this property uin HL6695 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 2016-03-15more like thismore than 2016-03-15
star this property answer text <p>The situation in certain areas in south east Turkey is extremely concerning. The Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) continues to mount deadly attacks against the security forces. Our thoughts are with the victims and the civilians that have been caught up in the violence. The Turkish government has recently announced plans for reconstruction and assistance for those whose property has been damaged. We continue to call for the PKK to end its terrorist attacks and for the peace process to be resumed.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Earl of Courtown more like this
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less than 2016-03-15T16:27:27.747Zmore like thismore than 2016-03-15T16:27:27.747Z
star this property answering member
3359
unstar this property label Biography information for The Earl of Courtown more like this
star this property tabling member
2018
star this property label Biography information for Lord Hylton more like this
533683
unstar this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2016-07-07more like thismore than 2016-07-07
star this property answering body
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 Brexit 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 the impact on the economies of the Caribbean and British Overseas Territories of the result of the referendum on the UK's membership of the EU. more like this
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Lord Boateng more like this
unstar this property uin HL1051 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 2016-07-21more like thismore than 2016-07-21
star this property answer text We are already engaged with the Overseas Territories to capture the full range of interests they have in the EU, including the potential economic impact of any change in their relations with the EU. We will fully involve the devolved administrations, Gibraltar, the Crown Dependencies, the other UK Overseas Territories and all other regional centres of power, in accordance with their various constitutional relationships with the UK, to ensure that all of their interests are taken properly into account. In the meantime, the UK remains a member of the EU, and the full range of rights and obligations afforded under the Treaties still apply. more like this
star this property answering member printed Earl of Courtown more like this
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less than 2016-07-21T15:08:43.863Zmore like thismore than 2016-07-21T15:08:43.863Z
star this property answering member
3359
unstar this property label Biography information for The Earl of Courtown more like this
star this property tabling member
147
star this property label Biography information for Lord Boateng more like this
168651
unstar this property registered interest true more like this
star this property date less than 2014-12-08more like thismore than 2014-12-08
star this property answering body
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 Taiwan 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, what steps his Department is taking to improve relations with the Taipei Representative Office in the UK; and what discussions his Department has had with the Taipei Representative Office on improving (a) visa treatments and exemptions for people travelling from Taiwan to the UK and (b) dialogue between the Taipei Representative Office and relevant departments in the UK Government. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Knowsley more like this
star this property tabling member printed
Mr George Howarth more like this
unstar this property uin 217649 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 2014-12-15more like thismore than 2014-12-15
star this property answer text <p>The Foreign and Commonwealth Office to supports UK-Taiwan cooperation on education, culture, industry and trade. The UK lifted its visitor visa requirement for Taiwan passport holders in 2009 which has made travel easier for Taiwanese tourists. The Taipei Representative Office is welcome to engage with relevant UK Government Departments to further Taiwan’s educational, cultural and economic links with the UK.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency East Devon more like this
star this property answering member printed Mr Hugo Swire more like this
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less than 2014-12-15T15:30:46.457Zmore like thismore than 2014-12-15T15:30:46.457Z
star this property answering member
1408
unstar this property label Biography information for Sir Hugo Swire more like this
star this property tabling member
481
star this property label Biography information for Sir George Howarth more like this
168654
unstar this property registered interest true more like this
star this property date less than 2014-12-08more like thismore than 2014-12-08
star this property answering body
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 Taiwan 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, what recent assessment he has made of the UK's relationship with Taiwan; and what plans he has to strengthen ties between the UK and Taiwan. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Knowsley more like this
star this property tabling member printed
Mr George Howarth more like this
unstar this property uin 217641 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 2014-12-15more like thismore than 2014-12-15
star this property answer text <p>The UK enjoys a strong and flourishing relationship with Taiwan, in the fields of trade, investment, education and culture. We consistently seek ways to develop this relationship further. Recent examples include: a visit to Taiwan in September by Dame Julia King, the UK’s Low Carbon Business Ambassador; the “GREAT Taste of Britain” campaign to promote British culture and food in Taiwan in October; and a visit by delegation of UK companies in November with the objective of sharing the UK’s experience on renewable energy.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency East Devon more like this
star this property answering member printed Mr Hugo Swire more like this
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less than 2014-12-15T15:24:59.18Zmore like thismore than 2014-12-15T15:24:59.18Z
star this property answering member
1408
unstar this property label Biography information for Sir Hugo Swire more like this
star this property tabling member
481
star this property label Biography information for Sir George Howarth more like this
168655
unstar this property registered interest true more like this
star this property date less than 2014-12-08more like thismore than 2014-12-08
star this property answering body
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 Taiwan more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
star this property legislature
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 the role of the Taipei Representative Office in the UK in promoting closer links between the UK and Taiwan. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Knowsley more like this
star this property tabling member printed
Mr George Howarth more like this
unstar this property uin 217642 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 2014-12-15more like thismore than 2014-12-15
star this property answer text <p>The Taipei Representative Office plays an important role in promoting trade, investment, education and culture links with Taiwan. It regularly engages with UK business, industry and educational institutes. For example the Representative of the Taipei Representative Office led a business delegation to Bath in November in order to build upon commercial links.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency East Devon more like this
star this property answering member printed Mr Hugo Swire more like this
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less than 2014-12-15T15:27:25.96Zmore like thismore than 2014-12-15T15:27:25.96Z
star this property answering member
1408
unstar this property label Biography information for Sir Hugo Swire more like this
star this property tabling member
481
star this property label Biography information for Sir George Howarth more like this
387894
unstar this property registered interest true more like this
star this property date less than 2015-07-06more like thismore than 2015-07-06
star this property answering body
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 Sri Lanka: Official Visits more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
star this property legislature
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 plans the Prime Minister has to meet the Chief Minister of Sri Lanka's Northern Province when he visits the UK. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Enfield North more like this
star this property tabling member printed
Joan Ryan more like this
unstar this property uin 5740 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 2015-07-13more like thismore than 2015-07-13
star this property answer text <p>I met the Chief Minister of the Northern Provence during my visit to Sri Lanka in January 2015 and look forward to meeting him again later this month.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency East Devon more like this
star this property answering member printed Mr Hugo Swire more like this
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less than 2015-07-13T14:18:46.303Zmore like thismore than 2015-07-13T14:18:46.303Z
star this property answering member
1408
unstar this property label Biography information for Sir Hugo Swire more like this
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166
star this property label Biography information for Joan Ryan more like this
388333
unstar this property registered interest true more like this
star this property date less than 2015-07-07more like thismore than 2015-07-07
star this property answering body
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 Sri Lanka: Official Visits more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
star this property legislature
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 received from the Tamil National Alliance on meeting with the Chief Minister of Sri Lanka's Northern Province during his forthcoming visit to the UK. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Enfield North more like this
star this property tabling member printed
Joan Ryan more like this
unstar this property uin 5770 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 2015-07-14more like thismore than 2015-07-14
star this property answer text <p>I will be meeting the Chief Minister of Sri Lanka’s Northern Province, a member of the Tamil National Alliance, later this week during his visit to the United Kingdom in a private capacity.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency East Devon more like this
star this property answering member printed Mr Hugo Swire more like this
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less than 2015-07-14T13:20:16.987Zmore like thismore than 2015-07-14T13:20:16.987Z
star this property answering member
1408
unstar this property label Biography information for Sir Hugo Swire more like this
star this property tabling member
166
star this property label Biography information for Joan Ryan more like this
419101
unstar this property registered interest true more like this
star this property date less than 2015-09-16more like thismore than 2015-09-16
star this property answering body
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 Sri Lanka: Politics and Government more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
star this property legislature
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 support his Department is giving to strengthen democracy and parliamentary oversight in Sri Lanka. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Pendle more like this
star this property tabling member printed
Andrew Stephenson more like this
unstar this property uin 10440 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 2015-10-12more like thismore than 2015-10-12
star this property answer text <p>Through our bilateral support to Sri Lanka, we are seeking to strengthen democracy, improve good governance and the rule of law. We funded a programme of voter education and support to domestic election observers during the January and August elections at a cost of £120,000. Staff from the British High Commission in Colombo were involved in the EU Election Observer Mission both in the run up to and on the day of the 17 August parliamentary elections.</p><p>We are working closely with others, including the Westminster Foundation for Democracy and the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, on building the capacity of the new Parliament and on strengthening political parties. We welcome the involvement of UK Parliamentarians, including the recent visit of my hon. Friend, in supporting this work.</p><p>Our spending on democracy related projects this year will be around £200,000. We are also supporting a project to provide training to local media in investigative journalism techniques, which should help strengthen freedom of expression in Sri Lanka.</p>
star this property answering member constituency East Devon more like this
star this property answering member printed Mr Hugo Swire more like this
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less than 2015-10-12T14:51:04.17Zmore like thismore than 2015-10-12T14:51:04.17Z
star this property answering member
1408
unstar this property label Biography information for Sir Hugo Swire more like this
star this property tabling member
4044
star this property label Biography information for Andrew Stephenson more like this
428368
unstar this property registered interest true more like this
star this property date less than 2015-11-16more like thismore than 2015-11-16
star this property answering body
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 Sri Lanka: Terrorism 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, what recent discussions he has had with his Sri Lankan counterpart on the application of the Prevention of Terrorism Act 1978 in Sri Lanka. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Enfield North more like this
star this property tabling member printed
Joan Ryan more like this
unstar this property uin 16355 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2015-11-24more like thismore than 2015-11-24
star this property answer text We regularly raise matters of concern with the Sri Lankan government, including the Prevention of Terrorism Act and the detention of prisoners without trial. I met Sri Lankan Foreign Minister, the Honourable Mangala Samaraweera MP, on 14 September in Geneva. I was encouraged by our discussion and by his speech to the UN Human Rights Council. Amongst other commitments, he told members of the UN Human Rights Council that the Sri Lankan government would review and repeal the Prevention of Terrorism Act and replace it with anti-terrorism legislation in line with contemporary international best practices. We will continue to monitor closely the situation of detainees held under the Prevention of Terrorism Act, and to raise issues of ongoing concern with the Sri Lankan government. more like this
star this property answering member constituency East Devon more like this
star this property answering member printed Mr Hugo Swire more like this
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less than 2015-11-24T17:49:06.463Zmore like thismore than 2015-11-24T17:49:06.463Z
star this property answering member
1408
unstar this property label Biography information for Sir Hugo Swire more like this
star this property tabling member
166
star this property label Biography information for Joan Ryan more like this