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Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Press Freedom (22 Nov 2017)

Mark Field: The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) is deeply concerned about the decline in media freedom across the world, which is well illustrated in the 2017 World Press Freedom Index published by Reporters Without Borders. That is why the FCO has committed to spending £1 million over the next financial year on projects aimed at supporting media freedom and the protection of journalists.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: China: Freedom of Expression (22 Nov 2017)

Mark Field: We remain concerned by the increasing restrictions to media freedoms in China and continue to urge the Chinese authorities to respect and protect freedom of expression and association. We raised this issue with the Chinese authorities at the UK-China Human Rights Dialogue, which was held in Beijing on 27 June, where we expressed concerns about the treatment of journalists and censorship....

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: North Korea: Foreign Relations (22 Nov 2017)

Mark Field: ​I have discussed the DPRK with US Secretary of State Tillerson, and regularly do so with other Foreign Minister colleagues.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Pakistan: Blasphemy (21 Nov 2017)

Mark Field: The UK remains firmly opposed to the death penalty in all circumstances. We have repeatedly called upon the Government of Pakistan to end capital punishment and, at a minimum, commit to renewing the previously imposed moratorium. We regularly raise our concerns about freedom of religion or belief and the misuse of the blasphemy laws with the Pakistani Government at a senior level. The...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Human Trafficking: Laos (21 Nov 2017)

Mark Field: Tackling modern slavery is a domestic and foreign policy priority for the UK Government, with personal commitment from the Prime Minister. All sovereign posts have been instructed to make a contribution to this goal. The UK encouraged the Government of Laos to attend the IV Global Conference on Child Labour on 14-16 November in Argentina, at which we co-hosted a side event, and are seeking...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Burma: Rohingya (21 Nov 2017)

Mark Field: The Foreign Secretary has repeatedly been clear about the need for the Burmese authorities to end the violence in Rakhine. This includes sexual violence. He has made these calls in telephone conversations with State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi on 7 and 17 September, and 21 October; and to the Burmese National Security Advisor and Deputy Foreign Minister at a meeting of foreign ministers he...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Burma: Rohingya (21 Nov 2017)

Mark Field: The British Government is funding the provision of medical services, counselling and psychological support to Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh who have either witnessed or are survivors of sexual violence themselves. This support is being delivered through UN agencies and the NGO Action Against Hunger. The UK is also supporting UNICEF initiatives that help survivors of gender-based violence...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: China: Legal Profession (21 Nov 2017)

Mark Field: ​We are deeply concerned about reports that lawyers and their associates are being detained for carrying out their duties in China. We raised this issue with the Chinese authorities at the UK-China Human Rights Dialogue, which was held in Beijing on 27 June, and urged the Chinese authorities to release those individuals detained for seeking to protect the rights of others

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: China: Religious Freedom (21 Nov 2017)

Mark Field: ​We remain concerned about restrictions on freedom of religion or belief, and on the rights of ethnic minorities in China. We are also aware of reports of the closure or demolition of churches, of the removal of crosses from buildings, and that individuals are being harassed or detained for their beliefs across China. We are concerned that new draft guidelines on religion in China may...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: China: Surveillance (21 Nov 2017)

Mark Field: ​We have concerns around access to justice, fair treatment in the criminal justice system and residential surveillance in China. We most recently raised these issues at the latest round of the UK/China Human Rights Dialogue which took place in Beijing on 27 June 2017

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: China: Religious Buildings (21 Nov 2017)

Mark Field: We remain concerned about restrictions on freedom of religion or belief, and on the rights of ethnic minorities in China. We are also aware of reports of the closure or demolition of churches, of ​the removal of crosses from buildings, and that individuals are being harassed or detained for their beliefs across China. We are concerned that new draft guidelines on religion in China may...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Sikhs: India (20 Nov 2017)

Mark Field: ​I am aware of the concerns raised by the Sikh Federation UK in their report released on 1 November. I appreciate that the tragic events of 1984 are still the source of great pain to many in the Sikh community. The Cabinet Secretary's 2014 investigation into the UK military role in Operation Blue Star concluded that UK military advice and assistance was advisory, ended several months...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Jagtar Singh Johal (20 Nov 2017)

Mark Field: The British High Commission raised this case with the Indian authorities immediately on notification of Mr Johal's detention and continued to press for consular access until it was granted. Following senior representations​ to the Indian authorities, consular staff were able to meet Mr Johal on 16 November, and staff in London have met his family to update them.​ Consular...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Aman Vyas (20 Nov 2017)

Mark Field: British Officials in the High Commission in New Delhi, and in London, regularly engage with the Indian authorities on this case. Officials in the British High Commission in New Delhi have also attended court sessions on the case and will continue to do so. Ministers will raise the case with the Indian Authorities where the opportunities ​arise.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Burma: Human Rights (17 Nov 2017)

Mark Field: ​​We continue to be deeply concerned about the human rights situation in Rakhine State following the outbreak of violence there in August. While we believe military operations have largely ceased, reports of attacks by vigilantes continue and hundreds of thousands of Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh as a result of the security forces' actions. The Rohingya are seeking refuge...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Jagtar Singh Johal (16 Nov 2017)

Mark Field: ​The British High Commission has raised this case with the Indian authorities immediately on notification of Mr Johal's detention. We have urgently requested consular access so that officials can check on his welfare.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Malaysia: Christianity (13 Nov 2017)

Mark Field: I understand the Malaysian Human Rights Commission recently launched a public inquiry into the disappearance of four Malaysians, including two Christian pastors. As my predecessor, Alok Sharma, set out on 24 April, the UK remains greatly concerned by the disappearance of Christians in Malaysia, and has discussed the case of Pastor Koh with civil society representatives. The UK remains firmly...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Sultan Masih (13 Nov 2017)

Mark Field: The British Government condemns all instances of discrimination and violence against individuals or groups because of their religion, regardless of the country or faith concerned. The UK Government engages regularly with Indian counterparts on a range of human rights issues, including religious freedom and minority rights, as guaranteed under the Indian Constitution. The British High...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: North Korea: Guided Weapons (7 Nov 2017)

Mark Field: ​The Prime Minister spoke to President Moon Jae-in on 20 September at the UN General Assembly. The Foreign Secretary and I have regular contact with our US, Chinese, South Korean, Japanese and EU counterparts over the past month, including at the UN General Assembly in New York. The UK and the international community have condemned the aggressive and illegal actions of the North Korean...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Nepal: Human Rights (7 Nov 2017)

Mark Field: ​Nepal was elected to the UN Human Rights Council on 16 October. This is an important opportunity for Nepal to demonstrate its commitment to fundamental freedoms and human rights in Nepal. Since then, on 26 October, I led a debate in the House of Commons on freedom of religion and belief, during which human rights in Nepal were raised. I subsequently wrote to the Prime Minister of Nepal...


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