Results 1–20 of 9728 for speaker:Alistair Burt

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Libya: Slavery (15 Jan 2018)

Alistair Burt: The UK is determined to eliminate the scourge of forced labour, modern slavery and human trafficking. The Government works closely with the Libyan Government and takes all allegations of abuse seriously. During his visit to Libya in August the Foreign Secretary raised with Prime Minister Serraj the importance of offering humanitarian support to migrants and the need to respect human rights. I...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Bahrain: Political Prisoners (15 Jan 2018)

Alistair Burt: We have raised these cases at a senior level. The UK has a continuing dialogue with the Government of Bahrain in which we raise individual cases. The UK encourages those with concerns about treatment in detention to report these to the relevant human rights oversight bodies. We urge these bodies to carry out swift and thorough investigations. The UK continues to encourage the Government of...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Bahrain: Overseas Aid (15 Jan 2018)

Alistair Burt: The Government works with a number of implementation partners to support Bahraini-led reform, including in the field of human rights. These programmes aim to support progress on building effective and accountable institutions, strengthening the rule of law, and justice reform. All of our work is in line with international standards, and aims to share UK expertise and experience. Any training...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Egypt: Ahmadiyya (15 Jan 2018)

Alistair Burt: We condemn all discrimination against religious minorities and constraints on their freedom to practise their faith. The Egyptian constitution contains protections for Freedom of Religious Belief and it is important that these rights are respected. We regularly raise our concerns around the rights to freedom of expression, association and assembly, which are essential to improving the...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Egypt: Islamic State (15 Jan 2018)

Alistair Burt: ​We strongly condemn the recent attacks in Egypt against the Coptic Christian community, claimed by Daesh, and welcome the swift response by the Egyptian authorities in arresting the perpetrators. We welcome President Sisi's calls for peaceful coexistence and the Egyptian Government’s expression of support for the rights of Christians and for religious tolerance. The British...

Written Answers — Department for International Development: Developing Countries: Females (15 Jan 2018)

Alistair Burt: We welcome any action that supports girls and women to succeed and lead and therefore applaud TheirWorld's campaign. DFID is committed to challenging and changing the negative attitudes and discriminatory practices that hold women and girls back throughout their lives. UKaid funded programmes have secured pledges from more than 8 million people to abandon female genital mutilation and have...

Written Answers — Department for International Development: Rohingya: Refugees (15 Jan 2018)

Alistair Burt: DFID provides funding direct to eight NGOs responding to the Rohingya crisis in Bangladesh. Six of these have a permanent presence in in Cox’s Bazar, which is the region of Bangladesh where the refugees are located. We are not funding any NGOs within Burma’s northern Rakhine State.

Written Answers — Department for International Development: Rohingya: Refugees (15 Jan 2018)

Alistair Burt: The UK led the way in the scale and speed of our response to the refugee crisis in Bangladesh and remains one of the largest donors. Since August 25th DFID has stepped up efforts with an additional £59 million to support refugees and the communities hosting them in Bangladesh. We have also provided £1 million to the Red Cross and £2 million to the World Food Programme (WFP) to...

Written Answers — Department for International Development: Rohingya: Refugees (15 Jan 2018)

Alistair Burt: UK leadership was instrumental in securing another £220 million of international support at the landmark Geneva pledging conference on 23 October 2017. In discussions with counterparts in key donor governments, ministers from DFID and the FCO continue to stress the importance of stepping up funding to the UN’s Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP), and to disburse those funds quickly....

Written Answers — Department for International Development: Department for International Development: Public Expenditure (15 Jan 2018)

Alistair Burt: There have been no fruitless payments in excess of £30,000 made by Department for International Development (DFID) in the 2017-18 financial year to date.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Lebanon: Politics and Government (12 Jan 2018)

Alistair Burt: The Foreign Secretary has not had any recent discussions with Prime Minister Saad Hariri. On 8 December 2017, I met Prime Minister Hariri at the International Support Group for Lebanon in Paris and made clear that the UK wants to see a stable, sovereign and prosperous Lebanon. We believe that this can only be based on coexistence, true disassociation from regional conflicts, and the...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Syria: Diplomatic Relations (12 Jan 2018)

Alistair Burt: The British Government has not severed diplomatic relations with Syria. Since the withdrawal of our staff from the British Embassy in Damascus in February 2012 and the closure of the Syrian Embassy in London in August 2012, our dealings have been minimal and only in relation to essential consular or administration issues. There is no plan to change this. The UK believes the Asad regime has...

Written Answers — Department for International Development: Slavery (12 Jan 2018)

Alistair Burt: Tackling modern slavery both at home and abroad is a cross-government priority. The UK is pleased that 41 countries have so far endorsed the Call to Action launched by the Prime Minister, the UN Secretary General and world leaders at the UN General Assembly last year, and will continue to push for more country endorsements and ensure that it delivers action on the ground. The Prime Minister...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Mahmoud Abu Zeid (11 Jan 2018)

Alistair Burt: Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Egypt, John Casson, and other UK officials have raised Shawkan’s case with the Egyptian authorities on a number of occasions. It is no secret we want to see more political freedoms and better protection of human rights in Egypt, and the Foreign Secretary and I have consistently raised these concerns with our Egyptian counterparts. The UK also raised...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Israel: Gaza (11 Jan 2018)

Alistair Burt: We are gravely concerned by recent increases in terrorist rocket fire. Since the 6th December 2017, 27 rockets have been fired from the Gaza strip. Rocket attacks wreak havoc on the daily lives of Israelis and make achieving peace more difficult. We call on all parties to refrain from violence and to commit to a negotiated solution to end the conflict.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Israel: Palestinians (11 Jan 2018)

Alistair Burt: The UK is committed to making progress towards a two-state solution. We regularly press both the Israelis and Palestinians to engage in direct negotiations that will lead to a safe and secure Israel living alongside a viable and sovereign Palestinian state. Our Consul General in Jerusalem reiterated our support for a negotiated two-state solution with Saeb Erekat, Secretary General of the...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Ahed Tamimi (11 Jan 2018)

Alistair Burt: On 2 January officials from our Embassy in Tel Aviv raised Ahed Tamimi's case with the Israeli authorities, noting the negative attention that the case was generating and the UK's long-standing concerns about the treatment of Palestinian minors in Israeli military detention.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Bahrain: Political Prisoners (11 Jan 2018)

Alistair Burt: The UK has a continuing dialogue with the Government of Bahrain, in which we are able to raise individual cases at a senior level, including the referenced cases. We encourage those with concerns about treatment in detention to report these to the relevant human rights oversight bodies. We urge these bodies to carry out swift and thorough investigations. The UK continues to encourage the...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Bahrain: Torture (11 Jan 2018)

Alistair Burt: The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has received two reports containing such allegations and has logged them in accordance with the FCO’s guidance. Neither of the reports came from staff in Bahrain. We have raised our concerns over these allegations with the Government of Bahrain. The UK continues to encourage the Government of Bahrain to deliver on its international and domestic human...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (11 Jan 2018)

Alistair Burt: The Government is deeply concerned by Iran’s destabilising involvement in regional conflicts, including in Syria and Yemen, through the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and IRGC Qods Force, and by reported financial and military support to militant and proscribed groups, such as Hizballah, Hamas and Palestinian rejectionist groups, and the Houthis in Yemen. We are also seriously...


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