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Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Sri Lanka (10 April 2014)

Douglas Alexander: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what further steps his Department is taking to ensure that the international investigation into the human rights situation in Sri Lanka is carried out transparently, robustly and swiftly.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Sri Lanka (10 April 2014)

Douglas Alexander: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on which occasions Ministers in his Department have met President Rajapaksa of Sri Lanka since May 2010.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Sri Lanka (10 April 2014)

Douglas Alexander: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when the Minister of State, the hon. Member for East Devon, will next travel to Sri Lanka.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Sri Lanka (10 April 2014)

Douglas Alexander: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he has asked President Rajapaksa of Sri Lanka to resign as Chairperson in Office of the Commonwealth in the light of the decision to investigate potential human rights abuses in Sri Lanka.

Written Answers — International Development: Sri Lankan Tamils: Poverty (9 April 2014) See 1 other result from this answer

Sarah Champion: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent assessment she has made of the levels of poverty among Tamils living in Sri Lanka.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Sri Lanka (9 April 2014)

Douglas Alexander: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what advice his Department has given to the Commonwealth (a) Secretariat and (b) Chairperson on the attendance of President Rajapaksa at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games.

Transparency and Public Trust in Business (8 April 2014)

Jennifer Willott: ...that it expects them to meet. Marks and Spencer uses a social enterprise technology provider, Good World Solutions, to gather feedback directly from 22,500 workers in its clothing supply chain in India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, ensuring that they can raise concerns without fear of reprisals or discrimination. There are companies in the UK that are doing a significant amount to tackle some...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: UN Human Rights Council (8 April 2014) See 1 other result from this debate

Hugo Swire: The 25th session of the UN Human Rights Council took strong action to combat impunity by voting through resolutions on Syria, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and Sri Lanka in response to UN reporting on allegations of serious human rights violations.

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Topical Questions (8 April 2014) See 3 other results from this debate

Kerry McCarthy: I welcome the UN Human Rights Council resolution on Sri Lanka, but given that President Rajapaksa has failed to comply with previous resolutions and with the very generous last-chance offer that the Prime Minister gave him at the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting, and has now rejected the current resolution outright, does the Foreign Secretary still think it is appropriate for...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Sri Lanka (8 April 2014)

Douglas Alexander: ...his Department is scheduled to meet President Rajapaska at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games; (2) when the hon. Member for East Devon next plans to meet representatives of President Rajapaksa of Sri Lanka's (a) government and (b) political party.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Sri Lanka (7 April 2014)

Kerry McCarthy: ...-in-office following the adoption of the Human Rights Council Resolution establishing an international investigation into alleged serious violations and abuses of human rights and related crimes in Sri Lanka.

Written Answers — Prime Minister: Sri Lanka (3 April 2014)

Kerry McCarthy: ...recent discussions he has had with his Commonwealth counterparts on the resolution passed by the 25th Human Rights Council session on Promoting Reconciliation, Accountability and Human Rights in Sri Lanka.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Sri Lanka (3 April 2014)

Kerry McCarthy: ...what steps he will take to support the investigation by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights into alleged serious violations and abuses of human rights and related crimes in Sri Lanka.

Opposition Day: Prevention and Suppression of Terrorism (2 April 2014)

Keith Vaz: ...killed, and the organisation has ceased to exist, but it is still banned. I have 7,000 members of the Tamil community in my constituency. Before you took the Chair, Mr Speaker—I think it was your last delegation before you took office—you went to visit Sri Lanka and saw for yourself the misery that had been inflicted on the Tamil community. Sometimes I get calls from members of...

Immigration Bill: Report (1st Day) (1 April 2014)

Baroness Berridge: ...is that the appellants are still playing the system. Yes, some are, but many are not represented, and the fact that they do not know that their claim that they fear for their life from attack in a family feud if they were to return to, say, Sri Lanka is not an asylum claim but a human rights claim can be forgiven. Will the Minister outline who determines what is and is not a new matter? It...

Scottish Parliament: Scotland: A Good Global Citizen (1 April 2014)

Jackson Carlaw: ...Ferguson said subsequently, about Scotland’s role in Malawi and elsewhere, and support and appreciate Mr Yousaf’s sincere efforts on behalf of Scotland in that work. The UK provided assistance in Sri Lanka, in the aftermath of the tsunami, and in Lebanon, from where it evacuated more than 4,000 UK-entitled people in just six days. I return to Syria, a subject that I have...

Written Ministerial Statements — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: UN Human Rights Council (Sri Lanka) (31 March 2014)

William Hague: Further to my written ministerial statement of 18 March 2014, Official Report, column 40WS, the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) passed a resolution on Sri Lanka on 27 March. This resolution calls for an international investigation into allegations of violations and abuses of international law on both sides during the civil war, and for progress on reconciliation, human rights and a...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Sri Lanka (27 March 2014)

Kerry McCarthy: ...for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he has taken to strengthen the language of the draft Human Rights Council Resolution on Promoting Reconciliation, Accountability and Human Rights in Sri Lanka and to build support from Human Rights Council members for an international inquiry into Sri Lanka.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Commonwealth: Judicial Processes (27 March 2014)

Baroness Warsi: ...rule of law as part of our assessment of the overall human rights situation in countries of concern. Out of the 26 countries of human rights concern three are Commonwealth members: Fiji, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. We are also in contact with Commonwealth organisations which specialise in legal affairs and the Commonwealth Secretariat’s Legal and Constitutional Affairs Division to...

European Council and Nuclear Security Summit — Statement (26 March 2014) See 2 other results from this debate

Lord Hill of Oareford: ...progress, but work is being taken forward in the Council and in the OECD. The European Council represented further substantial progress on that. On the steps taken by the Government in respect of Sri Lanka, I know that my right honourable friend the Prime Minister has worked extremely hard with a whole range of countries, both at the European Council meeting and at the summit in The Hague,...

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