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Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Iraqi Elections (20 Feb 2018)

Ann Clwyd: I have just returned from Iraq, and I monitored the first ever elections in Iraq. Elections are important, and the Iraqis in particular would like more technical assistance and advice. They are doing a good job there at the moment, but they need more UK help to bring about reconciliation and progress between the various factions.

Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: Modern Slavery: Libya (17 Jan 2018)

Ann Clwyd: I have repeatedly raised in this Chamber the abuse endured by migrants in the camps in Libya, including sexual violence against women, girls and men. Will the Minister confirm that Libya has been designated a priority country under the UK preventing sexual violence initiative? It should have been.

Written Answers — Department of Health: Hospital Beds (16 Jan 2018)

Ann Clwyd: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what information his Department holds on the number of hospital beds there are per one thousand of the population in (a) England, (b) Wales, (c) Scotland and (d) Northern Ireland.

International Human Rights Day — [Ms Nadine Dorries in the Chair] (20 Dec 2017)

Ann Clwyd: I beg to move, That this House has considered International Human Rights Day and the UK’s role in promoting human rights. It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Ms Dorries. I am very pleased to have been given a Westminster Hall debate this year to mark International Human Rights Day, which was on Sunday 10 December, and to discuss the UK’s role in promoting human...

International Human Rights Day — [Ms Nadine Dorries in the Chair] (20 Dec 2017)

Ann Clwyd: Yes indeed, and I thank the hon. Gentleman, who is always about on these issues, and is very often heard in the Chamber. Principles, processes and people are unfortunately viewed as expendable if that is justified by the needs of the ruling elite: national security, state unity, the fight against terrorism and/or the quest for greater development or prosperity. That is increasingly apparent...

International Human Rights Day — [Ms Nadine Dorries in the Chair] (20 Dec 2017)

Ann Clwyd: I thank my right hon. Friend very much for making that point; I absolutely agree with her, and I will come to that in the course of my speech. I have not talked about countries being ravaged by violent conflict, where, as well as human rights, basic principles of international humanitarian law meant to protect civilians from the worst effects of conflict are disregarded every day.

International Human Rights Day — [Ms Nadine Dorries in the Chair] (20 Dec 2017)

Ann Clwyd: Again, I am grateful to my hon. Friend for making that point. I know the Government have been particularly active on that matter. I have been to South Sudan myself in the past, looking at aid agency distribution to the very many starving people in that area. I was not able to go to the Nuba mountains, because I was not allowed to go there at the time. I am glad he raised that issue. In the...

International Human Rights Day — [Ms Nadine Dorries in the Chair] (20 Dec 2017)

Ann Clwyd: I understand the point my hon. Friend makes. I have raised the case of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe on several occasions. I have spoken to a number of people: Iranian Members of Parliament, the Iranian Foreign Minister and the vice-president. I think we have all made the same case: that we would like to see Nazanin and the other dual nationals released as soon as possible. We must work together...

International Human Rights Day — [Ms Nadine Dorries in the Chair] (20 Dec 2017)

Ann Clwyd: I of course pay great tribute to the activities in York, which have been going on for a long time; they are nothing new. I know exactly what has been done there, and I congratulate York on that. If the populations are sufficiently cowed in those countries, worse often follows, including systematic torture, long-term, indefinite detention, disappearances and extra-judicial killings. As the...

European Council (18 Dec 2017)

Ann Clwyd: The Prime Minister has agreed with me three times over the past year about the important role the European Parliament has in the negotiations, because it has the power of veto at the end of the day. Eighty-six MPs have signed a letter that urges the Prime Minister to address a plenary session of the European Parliament. When will she do that?

Foreign Affairs Committee (14 Dec 2017)

Ann Clwyd: I, too, congratulate the Chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee; it has been a very interesting Committee to serve on, and I thank him for the way in which he has conducted this inquiry. I want to ask him in particular about the need to find a way to open access to Rakhine province, including in respect of any process of repatriation, because we must be very concerned about the lack of access...

Oman, Uae and Iran (11 Dec 2017)

Ann Clwyd: There are two immediate things this country should do. First, it should stop selling arms to Saudi Arabia, as that has simply fuelled what is going on in Yemen. Secondly, it should pay to Iran the money we owe it in debt—perhaps the Foreign Secretary has agreed to do that. I hope we can thus see the release of the dual nationals—Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe and others who are held in...

Written Answers — Department of Health: Surgical Mesh Implants (6 Dec 2017)

Ann Clwyd: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will ban vaginal mesh operations.

Mineworkers’ Pension Scheme (5 Dec 2017)

Ann Clwyd: I congratulate my hon. Friend on getting this important debate. The miners feel deceived and that they have been led down the garden path. As he and many colleagues know, there is anger in mining communities because they feel they have been duped. Waiting and waiting for some kind of resolution is not good enough. May we have an inquiry by the Treasury Committee into the scheme? Would he...

State Pension Age: Women: EU Nationals (29 Nov 2017)

Ann Clwyd: We are not convinced of the Government’s integrity on this point. Earlier this year, I took a petition to the European Parliament arguing for equal rights for EU citizens living here and for British citizens living in the EU. The petition, which also asks for several other things, has gone through three committees of the European Parliament. I remind the Minister that, ultimately, the...

Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: Yemen (29 Nov 2017)

Ann Clwyd: It does not look as though the Prime Minister is being any more successful on this issue than she is on so many others. It really is a disgrace that although the Secretary of State’s Department is working on the humanitarian aspects by providing food and other aid to Yemen, we continue to sell arms to Saudi Arabia, which fuels the conflict. Where is the sense in that?

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Animal Welfare: Sentencing (21 Nov 2017)

Ann Clwyd: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the process will be for animal welfare charities to be consulted on the draft legislation to increase the maximum animal cruelty sentence to five years imprisonment.

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Topical Questions (21 Nov 2017)

Ann Clwyd: Thank you, Mr Speaker. What assessment has the Foreign Office made of the current political situation in Cambodia?

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