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Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Israel: Arms Trade (20 Oct 2017)

Alistair Burt: ​While we have not made any assessment on this issue, the Government takes its defence export responsibilities extremely seriously and operates some of the most robust export controls in the world. We only approve equipment which is for Israel's legitimate self defence and where we are satisfied it would be consistent with the Consolidated EU and National Arms Export Licensing Criteria...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Palestinians: Refugees (20 Oct 2017)

Alistair Burt: The Government's policy is that the question of the right of return of Palestinian refugees needs to be addressed in a final status agreement, negotiated between the two parties, and including a just, fair and agreed settlement for refugees.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Israel: West Bank (20 Oct 2017)

Alistair Burt: ​The Government remains gravely concerned about continued demolition of Palestinian property by the Israeli authorities including proposals to demolish the Bedouin villages of Khan al-Ahmar and Susiya. The UK continues to call on the Israeli authorities to halt proposals to demolish Khan al-Ahmar and Susiya. Prior to the most recently scheduled Israeli High Court hearing about Khan...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Mohammed Awad (20 Oct 2017)

Alistair Burt: Whilst we sympathise with Mr Awad, we are unable to intervene in his case. Due to the high number of such cases, we do not intervene as a general rule in cases regarding non-British nationals, with few exceptions such as in certain circumstances of extreme humanitarian need. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office regularly raises the issue of delay and refusal of exit permits with counterparts...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Yemen: Politics and Government (20 Oct 2017)

Alistair Burt: The Saudi-led Coalition continues to seek to reinstate the legitimate government in Yemen and defend its own southern border against artillery and missile strikes by Houthi forces and those allied to former President Saleh. The conflict sees skirmishes and sporadic fighting in a number of areas in western Yemen, including along the Saudi border, around Midi, north east of Sana'a and in the...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Yemen: Terrorism (20 Oct 2017)

Alistair Burt: The conflict in Yemen has allowed terrorist organisations like Al-Qaeda and Daesh to establish themselves and spread their message of violence and extremism. They continue to pose a threat to Yemen, the region and beyond. As the UK no longer maintains a presence on the ground in Yemen, we are working with partners to monitor the threat from these organisations and disrupt any attack planning....

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Iran: Nuclear Power (20 Oct 2017)

Alistair Burt: ​The UK is committed to full implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPoA) by all parties. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) continues to report Iran's compliance with its commitments under the JCPOA, most recently on 31 August. The Prime Minister and Foreign Secretary have spoken to their US counterparts, making clear that the deal is working and is a UK...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Visits Abroad (20 Oct 2017)

Alistair Burt: I visited Egypt and met with my counterparts in August 2017. I will return for the El Alamein commemorations on 21 October. There are currently no plans for me or the Foreign Secretary to visit the African Union (AU) in Addis Ababa. The joint FCO/DFID Minister for Africa, Rory Stewart MP, visited Addis Ababa in August this year and had meetings with the AU Commission Chair and officials.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Egypt: LGBT People (20 Oct 2017)

Alistair Burt: The UK is committed to protecting and promoting the rights of LGBT people and to supporting the legal, cultural and social change required to make equality a reality for LGBT people the world over. We are very concerned about the current situation for LGBT people in Egypt, especially in light of the recent crackdown. The Egyptian government is well aware of our position on LGBT rights and we...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: LGBT People: Human Rights (20 Oct 2017)

Alistair Burt: The UK is committed to protecting and promoting the rights of LGBT people and to supporting the legal, cultural and social change required to make equality a reality for LGBT people the world over. We are very concerned about the current situation for LGBT people in Egypt, especially in light of the recent crackdown. The Egyptian government is well aware of our position on LGBT rights and we...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Egypt: LGBT People (20 Oct 2017)

Alistair Burt: The UK is committed to protecting and promoting the rights of LGBT people and to supporting the legal, cultural and social change required to make equality a reality for LGBT people the world over. We are very concerned about the current situation for LGBT people in Egypt, especially in light of the recent crackdown. The Egyptian government is well aware of our position on LGBT rights and we...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe (20 Oct 2017)

Alistair Burt: Our legal advisers are fully engaged on the cases of all our dual-national detainees in Iran, including Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe. We continue to raise these cases with the Iranian authorities at every opportunity.

Written Answers — Department for International Development: Occupied Territories: Overseas Aid (20 Oct 2017)

Alistair Burt: The Secretary of State’s decisions on which programmes to close and which to continue were based on alignment to UK Government objectives on the Middle East Peace Process, performance and impact, value for money and the safeguarding of UK taxpayers’ funds. This has resulted in a portfolio with a stronger focus on delivering essential services to the most vulnerable Palestinians...

Written Answers — Department for International Development: Occupied Territories: Overseas Aid (20 Oct 2017)

Alistair Burt: As a result of the full examination of DFID’s programme in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPTs), the OPTs components of the following programmes are being discontinued: i) Arab Women’s Enterprise Fund, ii) Gender and Adolescents Global Evidence research programme, iii) a Development Impact Bonds pilot and, iv) evaluation work through the humanitarian educational...

Written Answers — Department for International Development: Bangladesh: Islamic Relief (20 Oct 2017)

Alistair Burt: The UK is at the forefront of responding to the plight of the Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh. As a world leader in humanitarian crises, this is what we do best. We have repeatedly called for better access for NGOs working in Rohingya-populated areas to be allowed access based on merit, and will continue to do so. We are pressing for a clearer, more transparent process for registering NGOs...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Syria: Politics and Government (19 Oct 2017)

Alistair Burt: Due to the Asad regime's refusal to allow impartial monitoring of its detention centres, it is not possible to give an exact figure for the number of people who have been disappeared. Human rights groups estimate that tens, possibly hundreds, of thousands of men, women, and children have been forcibly disappeared in Syria since the war began – the vast majority of them at the hands of...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Iran: Political Prisoners (19 Oct 2017)

Alistair Burt: The British Government opposes the death penalty in all circumstances and takes any allegations of extrajudicial killings seriously. Whilst at present we have no plans to request an inquiry by the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights into the 1988 executions of political prisoners in Iran, we continue to take action with the international community to press for improvements on...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Iran: Nuclear Weapons (19 Oct 2017)

Alistair Burt: The UK is committed to full implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPoA) by all parties. We assess that the deal is working and is the only diplomatic way to neutralise the nuclear threat from Iran. Under the deal Iran has given up two-thirds of its centrifuges and 95% of its uranium stockpile. The deal also provides for unprecedented access and monitoring by the...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Libya: Politics and Government (19 Oct 2017)

Alistair Burt: The Foreign and Commonwealth Office published its response to the Foreign Affairs Select Committee investigation on "Libya: Examination of Intervention and Collapse and the UK's Future Policy Options" on 11 November 2016. Helping to bring stability to Libya is a vital part of UK efforts to tackle the threat from terrorism and the challenge of irregular migration. That is why the UK is at the...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Iran: Baha'i Faith (19 Oct 2017)

Alistair Burt: I recently met representatives of the Baha'i faith to discuss the issue. The human rights situation in Iran remains deeply worrying and this includes Iran's approach to freedom of religion and belief. The treatment of the Baha'i community is of particular concern. The latest report of the Special Rapporteur on human rights in Iran sets out the repression and harassment that Baha'is suffer in...


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