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Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Diplomatic Service: Religious Freedom (14 Feb 2018)

Mark Field: A specific course in Religion and Diplomacy is available to FCO staff designated to take up roles where an understanding of religion is key to their work. We will keep attendance at the course under review, but so far we do not see a need to make this training mandatory. The FCO also runs seminars on specific themes. For example, Bishop Jonathan Goodall spoke to the FCO about Orthodox...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Magna Carta Fund for Human Rights and Democracy: Religious Freedom (14 Feb 2018)

Mark Field: There have been a number of positive outcomes for freedom of religion or belief (FoRB) from projects supported through the Magna Carta Fund for Human Rights and Democracy in financial year 2016-17. These include: A project delivered by the Non-governmental Organisation (NGO) Hardwired Inc has promoted tolerance in secondary school curricula in 50 schools in Iraq, Morocco and Lebanon. The...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Magna Carta Fund for Human Rights and Democracy: Religious Freedom (14 Feb 2018)

Mark Field: Her Majesty's Government places great importance on defending and promoting the right to freedom of religion or belief. The Magna Carta Fund for Human Rights and Democracy is one of the tools we use to achieve this goal. In 2016-17 we funded the following projects that supported freedom of religion or belief:Creating Advocates for Freedom of Religion or Belief in developing countries...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Sri Lanka: Human Rights (14 Feb 2018)

Mark Field: The UK is closely monitoring delivery of the commitments made by the Government of Sri Lanka under UN Human Rights Council Resolution 34/1, in collaboration with the UN, international partners, Government of Sri Lanka and civil society. I raised commitments most recently with Foreign Minister Marapana by telephone on 8 February. During my visit to Colombo and Jaffna in October 2017 I also...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Afghanistan: Religious Freedom (9 Feb 2018)

Mark Field: ​Afghanistan is a priority country for our human rights work. The UK works closely with the National Unity Government, NGOs, civil society and other international partners to support the promotion and protection of human rights in Afghanistan.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Indonesia: Religious Freedom (8 Feb 2018)

Mark Field: The Government of Indonesia has taken steps to address the issue of freedom of religion, including through the creation of a new Presidential Working Unit which aims to promote, among other things, tolerance of the 6 officially recognised religions of Indonesia. We also welcome the ruling of the constitutional court in November 2017 permitting followers of traditional beliefs to state their...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: North Korea: Human Rights (8 Feb 2018)

Mark Field: ​The UK has grave concerns about the human rights situation in North Korea. In our bilateral exchanges and in multilateral fora, we continue to call on the North Korean government to acknowledge and address the many reports of serious and wide-ranging human rights violations in the country. In his end of session statement at the UN General Assembly's Third Committee in November last...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Afghanistan: Human Rights (7 Feb 2018)

Mark Field: The UK supports the protection and improvement of human rights in Afghanistan through a number of bilateral and multilateral channels. We work with the National Unity Government, NGOs, and civil society in Afghanistan, as well as with the EU and international partners to support civil society, freedom of expression and the rights of women. The UK's commitment to the promotion of human rights...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: North Korea: Oil (6 Feb 2018)

Mark Field: The UK welcomed the unanimous adoption of UNSCR 2397 and UNSCR 2375 in December 2017 and September 2017 respectively. Both include measures to limit the volume of oil that North Korea can legally import and to greatly reduce the hard currency income that the DPRK can devotes to its illegal weapons programmes. UNSCR 2397 aims to limit North Korea’s access to petroleum products by around...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Burma: Armed Conflict (6 Feb 2018)

Mark Field: ​The UK is concerned about the apparent intensification of conflict in Kachin State, including credible reports of human rights abuses and violations. We raised our concerns at the UN Human Rights Council on 19 September 2017 but will do so again as soon as is appropriate. The British Ambassador in Rangoon visited Kachin State from 8 to 10 January to discuss the situation with local...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Burma: Rohingya (5 Feb 2018)

Mark Field: Implementation of the Rakhine Advisory Commission recommendations is essential to create conditions for refugee returns to take place voluntarily, in safety and in dignity. The UK has welcomed the Burmese Government's establishment of Rakhine Advisory Commission Implementation Committee and an Advisory Board, but recognises that implementation will be a long-term process, and that much more...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Burma: Rohingya (2 Feb 2018)

Mark Field: The immediate task is to support those building evidence and testimony. The Government is considering how to support effective co-ordination, through an international or local mechanism, of those organisations already collecting testimony in Bangladesh. The UK will provide capacity building to Bangladeshi stakeholders on gathering and preserving evidence of sexual violence, in line with the...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: North Korea: Overseas Aid (2 Feb 2018)

Mark Field: The Department for International Development (DFID) publishes the British Government's full Overseas Development Assistance (ODA) spend, broken down by country, each calendar year. The British Council English Language Training Programme sought to expose North Korean teachers and students to an alternative view of the outside world, in line with the 2014 UN Commission of Inquiry call to...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Hong Kong: Elections (2 Feb 2018)

Mark Field: ​As my department's statement has made clear, the right to stand for election is a fundamental right enshrined in Article 26 of the Basic Law of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region and the Hong Kong Bill of Rights. I am concerned by the rejection of Agnes Chow's nomination for the forthcoming Legislative Council by-election, and believe that Hong Kong's rights and freedoms as...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Bangladesh: Human Rights (1 Feb 2018)

Mark Field: ​Civil society groups in Bangladesh face increasing difficulties in doing their work. For example, the Foreign Donations (Voluntary Activities) Regulation Act 2016 provided the Banglasesh Government with increased powers to restrict the activities of civil society groups, and required NGOs to register with the NGO Affairs Bureau in order to receive foreign funds. As we have heard from...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Bangladesh: Violence (1 Feb 2018)

Mark Field: In recent years there has been an increase in extremist-linked violence in Bangladesh, notably the attack on Holey Bakery in July 2016 in which 22 civilians were killed. Other extremist attacks against minority religions, and secular targets, have been a frequent occurrence. In the period leading up the last general election in 2014, and around its anniversary in 2015, violence linked to a...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Hong Kong: Freedom of Religion (1 Feb 2018)

Mark Field: ​Freedom of religion is guaranteed under both the Sino-British Joint Declaration and Hong Kong's Basic Law. We welcome the Chief Executive's emphasis on upholding the core values and structures that underpin 'One Country, Two Systems'. It is essential that Hong Kong continues to enjoy, and is seen to enjoy, the high degree of autonomy of rule of law, and the rights and freedoms,...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: North Korea: Nuclear Weapons (31 Jan 2018)

Mark Field: The Foreign Secretary and Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov agreed to work together on North Korea by consistent bilateral engagement on that issue and by effective use of the UN Security Council to maintain pressure on North Korea. The Government believes that as a neighbour and trading partner of North Korea as well as a permanent member of the UN Security Council, Russia has a special...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: North Korea: UN Resolutions (31 Jan 2018)

Mark Field: ​The UK welcomes the unanimous adoption of UNSCR 2397 following North Korea's illegal launch of an intercontinental missile on 28 November 2017. This builds on the tough measures adopted in UNSCR 2375 in September. The Government plans to submit to the UN 1718 DPRK Sanctions Committee its implementation report for UNSCR 2397 within 90 days of the Resolution's adoption date of 22...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: North Korea: Nuclear Weapons (31 Jan 2018)

Mark Field: The measures outlined in UNSCR 2397 are designed to further constrain oil exports, ban additional sectors of trade with the DPRK, and require member states to remove North Korean overseas workers within 24 months, among other measures. The measures target significant income streams used by the DPRK regime to fund their nuclear and ballistic missile programmes. Sanctions take time to have an...


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