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1132614
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-06-17more like thismore than 2019-06-17
answering body
Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
answering dept id 16 more like this
answering dept short name Foreign and Commonwealth Office remove filter
answering dept sort name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
hansard heading Burma: Christianity more like this
house id 2 remove filter
legislature
25277
pref label House of Lords more like this
question text To ask Her Majesty's Government (1) what assessment they have made of, and (2) what representations they made to the government of Burma about, reports from Chin State, Burma, that on 24 and 25 May three Christians in Padekyaw village were forced to sign documents by village officials and local monks verifying their conversion to Buddhism after being threatened with eviction if they refused; that Christians were told they could not live in Hmwar Village Tract; and a public announcement made in eight villages threatening residents that communicating or trading with Christians would result in a fine. more like this
tabling member printed
Lord Alton of Liverpool more like this
uin HL16392 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-07-01more like thismore than 2019-07-01
answer text <p>​The British Government has noted the recent report from the China Human Rights Organisation and continues to be concerned by restrictions on freedom of religion and belief, including reports of forced conversions, in Burma. 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. Our Ambassador met the Burmese Minister for Religious Affairs on 9 August 2018, and underlined the importance of interfaith dialogue.</p> more like this
answering member printed Baroness Goldie more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-07-01T16:42:20.35Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-01T16:42:20.35Z
answering member
4306
label Biography information for Baroness Goldie more like this
tabling member
738
label Biography information for Lord Alton of Liverpool more like this
1133029
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-06-18more like thismore than 2019-06-18
answering body
Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
answering dept id 16 more like this
answering dept short name Foreign and Commonwealth Office remove filter
answering dept sort name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
hansard heading Sudan: EU Immigration more like this
house id 2 remove filter
legislature
25277
pref label House of Lords more like this
question text To ask Her Majesty's Government (1) whether the UK's financial contributions to the Khartoum Process have funded the Sudanese Rapid Support Forces, and (2) what assessment they have made of reports that the Rapid Support Forces sold migrants to Libyan human traffickers and abused migrants' fundamental human rights. more like this
tabling member printed
Lord Alton of Liverpool more like this
uin HL16447 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-07-02more like thismore than 2019-07-02
answer text <p>The purpose of the Khartoum Process is to facilitate an EU-Africa dialogue on managing migration, combatting organised immigration crime and addressing the effects of trafficking in the Horn and North Africa. It is called the Khartoum Process because the agreement was signed in Khartoum but it is not specific to Sudan. The UK's financial contributions to the Khartoum Process have not funded the Sudanese Rapid Support Forces. EU funded work on the Regional Operations Centre Khartoum is currently suspended.</p><p>The UK is aware of reports that the Sudanese Rapid Support Forces sold migrants to Libyan human traffickers and abused migrants' fundamental human rights, but is not able to verify their veracity. The British Government has been clear on the need to do more to break the business model of people smugglers, and is taking steps to try to improve the situation in Libya. This includes working with the Government of National Accord to build the capacity of their law enforcement agencies, and taking steps to tackle the organised crime groups who facilitate the travel from source countries to Europe and the United Kingdom. In June 2018, the UK co-designated UN sanctions against six Libyan and Eritrean traffickers along with France, the US, Germany and the Netherlands.</p>
answering member printed Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-07-02T14:10:36.477Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-02T14:10:36.477Z
answering member
4210
label Biography information for Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon more like this
tabling member
738
label Biography information for Lord Alton of Liverpool more like this
1132622
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-06-17more like thismore than 2019-06-17
answering body
Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
answering dept id 16 more like this
answering dept short name Foreign and Commonwealth Office remove filter
answering dept sort name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
hansard heading Hong Kong: British Nationals Abroad more like this
house id 2 remove filter
legislature
25277
pref label House of Lords more like this
question text To ask Her Majesty's Government how many British passport holders are in Hong Kong; and what are their obligations to the holders of such passports. more like this
tabling member printed
Baroness Finlay of Llandaff more like this
uin HL16400 more like this
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-07-01more like thismore than 2019-07-01
answer text <p>​We do not hold information regarding the number of British passport holders in Hong Kong. Our obligation to all British nationals abroad is set out in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office's publically available guide: 'Support for British nationals abroad'. Some examples of the support we provide to all British nationals abroad include: issuing emergency travel documents, providing local information (details of local lawyers interpreters and doctors), and providing notarial and documentary services.</p><p> </p> more like this
answering member printed Baroness Goldie more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-07-01T16:04:11.48Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-01T16:04:11.48Z
answering member
4306
label Biography information for Baroness Goldie more like this
tabling member
3609
label Biography information for Baroness Finlay of Llandaff more like this
1137407
registered interest false more like this
date remove maximum value filtermore like thismore than 2019-07-08
answering body
Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
answering dept id 16 more like this
answering dept short name Foreign and Commonwealth Office remove filter
answering dept sort name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
hansard heading Intelligence Services: Languages more like this
house id 2 remove filter
legislature
25277
pref label House of Lords more like this
question text To ask Her Majesty's Government how many people whose first language is not English are employed by each of the intelligence agencies; what languages they speak; and what assessment they have made of the adequacy of language proficiency in the intelligence services. more like this
tabling member printed
Viscount Waverley more like this
uin HL17014 more like this
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answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-07-22more like thismore than 2019-07-22
answer text <p>​The Government has a longstanding policy of not commenting on intelligence matters.</p> more like this
answering member printed Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-07-22T12:53:43.103Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-22T12:53:43.103Z
answering member
4210
label Biography information for Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon more like this
tabling member
1744
label Biography information for Viscount Waverley more like this
1137087
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-07-04more like thismore than 2019-07-04
answering body
Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
answering dept id 16 more like this
answering dept short name Foreign and Commonwealth Office remove filter
answering dept sort name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
hansard heading UN General Assembly more like this
house id 2 remove filter
legislature
25277
pref label House of Lords more like this
question text To ask Her Majesty's Government how many times they have not complied with decisions of the United Nations General Assembly. more like this
tabling member printed
Lord Jones of Cheltenham more like this
uin HL16951 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-07-18more like thismore than 2019-07-18
answer text <p>Under the United Nations Charter, the UN General Assembly passes resolutions that make recommendations to Member States. These resolutions are not legally binding. While resolutions express the view of the General Assembly as a whole, those Member States which vote against or abstain on individual resolutions are not legally committed to implement their respective contents. Of the 313 resolutions adopted during the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly (2017-18), 234 were adopted by consensus (i.e. without a vote). Of the remaining 79 which were adopted by vote, the UK voted in favour of 44, against 25 and abstained on 10 occasions.</p> more like this
answering member printed Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-07-18T14:47:09.19Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-18T14:47:09.19Z
answering member
4210
label Biography information for Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon more like this
tabling member
248
label Biography information for Lord Jones of Cheltenham more like this
1131890
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-06-12more like thismore than 2019-06-12
answering body
Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
answering dept id 16 more like this
answering dept short name Foreign and Commonwealth Office remove filter
answering dept sort name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
hansard heading Israel: Lebanon more like this
house id 2 remove filter
legislature
25277
pref label House of Lords more like this
question text To ask Her Majesty's Government how they assess progress in negotiations between Israel and Lebanon about offshore gas and oil, in particular over the Block 9 oilfield; and whether they are able to provide technical assistance to the parties involved with offshore resources in the eastern Mediterranean. more like this
tabling member printed
Lord Hylton more like this
uin HL16308 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-06-24more like thismore than 2019-06-24
answer text <p>We welcome attempts by all parties involved in negotiations over the maritime border to find a solution which is acceptable to all sides. A deal is in everyone’s interests and the UK stands ready to support.</p> more like this
answering member printed Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-06-24T11:44:29.813Zmore like thismore than 2019-06-24T11:44:29.813Z
answering member
4210
label Biography information for Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon more like this
tabling member
2018
label Biography information for Lord Hylton more like this
1130236
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-06-05more like thismore than 2019-06-05
answering body
Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
answering dept id 16 more like this
answering dept short name Foreign and Commonwealth Office remove filter
answering dept sort name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
hansard heading Syria: Armed Conflict more like this
house id 2 remove filter
legislature
25277
pref label House of Lords more like this
question text To ask Her Majesty's Government how they plan to prevent combatant forces in Idlib Province, Syria, from killing more civilians and children. more like this
tabling member printed
Lord Hylton more like this
uin HL16097 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-06-19more like thismore than 2019-06-19
answer text <p>​We are gravely concerned by the escalation in military action by Russia and the Syrian regime in Idlib. We are appalled that civilian infrastructure has been hit, including 24 health facilities, and by reports of civilian casualties and mass displacement. We are using public statements, diplomatic relationships and international fora, including the UN Security Council, to increase the pressure on all parties to end the violence, return to the ceasefire agreed in September 2018 and abide by their obligations under international humanitarian law. Through the Conflict, Stability and Security Fund, the UK is supporting innovative new technology that provides civilians in Idlib with early warnings of airstrikes in order to save lives. We also continue to support international efforts to document violations of international humanitarian law being committed in Idlib.</p> more like this
answering member printed Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-06-19T11:25:54.893Zmore like thismore than 2019-06-19T11:25:54.893Z
answering member
4210
label Biography information for Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon more like this
tabling member
2018
label Biography information for Lord Hylton more like this
1131893
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-06-12more like thismore than 2019-06-12
answering body
Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
answering dept id 16 more like this
answering dept short name Foreign and Commonwealth Office remove filter
answering dept sort name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
hansard heading Roma Holocaust Memorial Day more like this
house id 2 remove filter
legislature
25277
pref label House of Lords more like this
question text To ask Her Majesty's Government how they will be represented at the Roma Holocaust Memorial Day commemoration in Krakow on 2 August. more like this
tabling member printed
Lord Judd more like this
uin HL16311 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-06-24more like thismore than 2019-06-24
answer text <p>​The British Government will be represented at the Roma Holocaust Memorial Day commemoration in Krakow on 2 August by The Rt Hon Lord Pickles, Special Envoy for Post-Holocaust Issues.</p> more like this
answering member printed Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-06-24T11:41:04.7Zmore like thismore than 2019-06-24T11:41:04.7Z
answering member
4210
label Biography information for Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon more like this
tabling member
1660
label Biography information for Lord Judd more like this
1133817
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-06-20more like thismore than 2019-06-20
answering body
Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
answering dept id 16 more like this
answering dept short name Foreign and Commonwealth Office remove filter
answering dept sort name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
hansard heading Bahrain: Politics and Government more like this
house id 2 remove filter
legislature
25277
pref label House of Lords more like this
question text To ask Her Majesty's Government on what basis their Human Rights and Democracy report, published on 5 June, “welcomed continuing progress in and commitment to the democratic process” in Bahrain following its elections in November 2018; and what account that report took of (1) the government of Bahrain's ban on all political opposition from electoral participation in, and (2) condemnation by the United States Congress and the parliaments of the UK, the EU, Ireland and Italy, of those elections. more like this
tabling member printed
Lord Scriven more like this
uin HL16568 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-07-04more like thismore than 2019-07-04
answer text <p>Bahrain held parliamentary elections for the fifth time in November. The British Government takes note of a number of information sources on Bahrain and we continue to encourage Bahrain to ensure all elections are fair, transparent and inclusive.​</p> more like this
answering member printed Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-07-04T13:30:25.847Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-04T13:30:25.847Z
answering member
4210
label Biography information for Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon more like this
tabling member
4333
label Biography information for Lord Scriven more like this
1131458
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-06-11more like thismore than 2019-06-11
answering body
Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
answering dept id 16 more like this
answering dept short name Foreign and Commonwealth Office remove filter
answering dept sort name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
hansard heading Conflict Resolution more like this
house id 2 remove filter
legislature
25277
pref label House of Lords more like this
question text To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking to review and strengthen the effectiveness of conflict resolution policies of the UK to address persistent and accelerating conflict, and flashpoints, particularly in (1) Afghanistan, (2) Egypt, (3) Iran, (4) Iraq, (5) Libya, and (7) Syria; and what steps they are taking with partners in the Commonwealth, the EU, and the UN to review equivalent policies. more like this
tabling member printed
Lord Judd more like this
uin HL16252 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-06-26more like thismore than 2019-06-26
answer text <p>The British Government’s actions to prevent conflict in Afghanistan and in the Middle East and North Africa include:</p><ul><li><p><strong>Afghanistan</strong>: Continuing our close engagement with the Afghan government and our international partners to help bring about an inclusive and sustainable Afghan-led peace process as quickly as possible. We strongly support current US efforts to drive forward peace. The UK welcomed the conclusions of the Foreign Affairs Council in April that set out a clear path for how the EU will support peace in Afghanistan. We also support the important contribution made by the UN Assistance Mission to Afghanistan (UNAMA). Prospects for peace are probably better now than at any time since 2001. However, after decades of war and the lack of trust on all sides, achieving a credible and sustainable peace process is challenging.</p></li></ul><ul><li><p><strong>Egypt:</strong> The UK plans to spend more than £50m from 2016 to 2020 to support Egypt’s continued stability, by providing economic opportunities for and protecting ordinary Egyptians, tackling radicalisation and safeguarding tourists and British nationals. The Home Office and Egyptian Ministry of Interior are committed to increasing cooperation across a wide range of areas, including counter-terrorism, illegal migration and organised crime.</p></li><li><p><strong>Iran:</strong> We are working with regional and international partners to call for restraint in order to de-escalate the situation. Yet we remain determined to preserve the Iran nuclear deal, and are working with E3 partners to achieve this. This deal remains in our shared interests as long as Iran meets its commitments under the deal in full. It is a key achievement of the global nuclear non-proliferation architecture, which is in our shared security interests. We are deeply concerned at the heightened level of regional tension. Our priority remains de-escalation.</p></li><li><p><strong>Iraq:</strong> Providing support, together with the Coalition and international partners, to the Iraqi security sector in countering the ongoing threat from Daesh, and addressing the root causes of this threat. This involves addressing the underlying political, social and economic drivers which led to Daesh’s rise. We continue to support, alongside UN partners, the UN Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI) whose mandate renewal was unanimously approved on 21 May 2019. The UK held the pen on UNSCR 2379 which was unanimously adopted by the UNSC in 2017 and established the UN Investigative Team for the Accountability of Daesh (UNITAD). UNITAD will seek to ensure documentation and accountability for Daesh crimes and work with the Government of Iraq to support reconciliation efforts.</p></li><li><p><strong>Libya:</strong> We are engaging in intensive diplomacy, involving the UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General, Ghassan Salamé, and partners in the UN and EU. The UK is clear that all parties must commit to a ceasefire, ensure humanitarian access, and return to UN-mediated political talks. The EU28 issued a statement on 12 April 2019 condemning the violence, and urging all parties to resume political dialogue.</p></li><li><p><strong>Syria:</strong> Our diplomatic and programme efforts remain focused on bringing the conflict to an end through a UN-led negotiated political settlement. The UN-led Geneva process between the Syrian parties remains the forum to achieve this. We are also engaged in completing the enduring defeat of Daesh. As events unfold, we are keeping our approach under constant review.</p></li></ul>
answering member printed Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-06-26T13:10:37.277Zmore like thismore than 2019-06-26T13:10:37.277Z
answering member
4210
label Biography information for Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon more like this
tabling member
1660
label Biography information for Lord Judd more like this