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Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Libya: Elections (18 Jan 2018)

Alistair Burt: The UK fully supports the UN Action Plan for Libya set out at the UN General Assembly by the Special Representative of the Secretary-General, Ghassan Salamé, and endorsed in the Security Council's Presidential Statement of 14 December 2017. The Action Plan envisages negotiations on limited amendments to the Libya Political Agreement, a National Conference, preparations for elections and...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Palestinians: Religious Freedom (18 Jan 2018)

Alistair Burt: While we have not made a recent assessment of this issue, freedom of religion and belief remains a human rights priority for this Government. It is a fundamental freedom which underpins many other human rights. Our Consulate General in Jerusalem regularly meets a variety of religious leaders in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, and has stressed to the Palestinian Authority the importance...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Israel: Detainees (17 Jan 2018)

Alistair Burt: The Foreign and Commonwealth Office raised Ahed Tamimi’s case with the Israeli Ambassador to London on 8 January. On 2 January, officials from our Embassy in Tel Aviv raised this case with the Israeli authorities, noting the British Government's long-standing concerns about the treatment of Palestinian minors in Israeli military detention. We are also aware of the arrest of Nariman...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Saudi Arabia: Foreign Relations (17 Jan 2018)

Alistair Burt: The Foreign Secretary spoke to the Saudi Arabian Crown Prince, Mohammed bin Salman, on 19 December 2017 to discuss bilateral and regional issues. This included the ongoing conflict in Yemen, and the Foreign Secretary stressed the importance of addressing the humanitarian crisis and refocusing the political track. He also strongly condemned the Houthi missile attack on Riyadh on 19 December...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Egypt: Equality (17 Jan 2018)

Alistair Burt: We regularly raise the importance of human rights, including for women, with the Egyptian Government at all levels. Our Special Envoy for Gender Equality visited Egypt in September 2017 and met Parliamentarians, civil society representatives and business leaders. Our Ambassador and other officials regularly meet with the Egyptian Government’s National Council for Women. We have deployed...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Yazidis (17 Jan 2018)

Alistair Burt: Through our Embassy in Baghdad and Consulate-General in Erbil we consistently urge the Government of Iraq and the Kurdistan Regional Government to ensure the safe, voluntary and unhindered return of all Internally Displaced Persons, including Yazidis, supported by the prospect of genuine community reconciliation. I raised this issue with the Iraqi Prime Minister’s Office during my visit...

Written Answers — Department for International Development: Port Health Authorities: Training (17 Jan 2018)

Alistair Burt: The Secretary of State has not met with the Association of Port Health Authorities. The UK assists the WHO to implement and monitor the International Health Regulations (2005) that include the standards required for port health authorities internationally. The UK will always consider the most appropriate subject matter experts for interventions overseas that improve global health security.

Written Answers — Department for International Development: West Bank: Demolition (17 Jan 2018)

Alistair Burt: I discussed the threat of forcible transfer with the Susiya Bedouin community during my visit there in August 2017.The Israeli authorities have stated their plan to imminently demolish around a third of structures in Susiya, including two clinics, which would stand to affect all residents. Demolitions of Palestinian homes and buildings cause unnecessary suffering to ordinary Palestinians, are...

Written Answers — Department for International Development: Land Mines: Developing Countries (17 Jan 2018)

Alistair Burt: Landmines are indiscriminate weapons of war that maim and kill innocent children every day. UK support announced in April last year will make safe land equivalent to the size of over 20,000 football pitches and help 800,000 people live their lives free from the threat of mines.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Libya: Slavery (16 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: Egypt: Religious Freedom (16 Jan 2018)

Alistair Burt: We regularly raise our concerns about the rights to freedom of expression, association and assembly with the Egyptian authorities; these rights are essential to improving the protection of Freedom of Religion or Belief in Egypt. The Egyptian constitution contains protections for Freedom of Religious Belief and it is important that these rights are respected. In particular, we welcome...

Written Answers — Department for International Development: Ports: Training (16 Jan 2018)

Alistair Burt: The International Health Regulations (IHRs) (2005), agreed by all WHO member states, include the standards required for port health authorities internationally. WHO has oversight of IHR assessment and capacity building. The UK Government, through the WHO, assists countries to carry out assessments and implement the IHRs. As part of this, the UK deploys (a) subject matter experts to support...

Written Answers — Department for International Development: Small Charities Challenge Fund (16 Jan 2018)

Alistair Burt: In July 2017, DFID launched the Small Charities Challenge Fund to support the work of small, UK-based charities in international development. The Fund has received over one hundred applications for assessment, from organisations across the UK. Proposals cover projects in 26 countries and 85% of organisations have not previously received DFID funding, demonstrating the Fund’s success in...

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.


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