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Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Burma: International Criminal Court (27 Jul 2018)

Mark Field: We continue to work in the UN Security Council to ensure it remains strongly focused on the Rohingya crisis, including discussing accountability. While we keep this under constant review, we are not pursuing a referral to the ICC at this time for two reasons. First, we know the Council is divided on the issue of an ICC referral. A vetoed resolution now would do nothing to further the cause of...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Cambodia: Human Rights (27 Jul 2018)

Mark Field: We are deeply concerned about steps taken by the Cambodian authorities and Supreme Court which undermine freedom of expression, assembly and prospects for free and fair elections. We have repeatedly raised our concerns at the dissolution of Cambodia’ s main opposition party, the Cambodian National Rescue Party (CNRP), the arrest of opposition leader Kem Sokha and the use of the...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: UK Special Envoy on Freedom of Religion or Belief (25 Jul 2018)

Mark Field: ​The precise work programme for the Prime Minister's Special Envoy on Freedom of Religion or Belief (FoRB), whose appointment was announced on 4 July, is still under discussion. At a high level, it will include working with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office's overseas network and international partners to achieve a step-change in our diplomatic efforts to defend the right to FoRB and...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Conflict, Stability and Security Fund: Pakistan (25 Jul 2018)

Mark Field: The Pakistan Conflict Security and Stability Fund conducts monitoring and evaluation via an independent third party. This monitoring and evaluation covers the individual programmes including the counter extremism programme. Monitoring and evaluation is conducted for the programme's performance as a whole, as well as specific lines of activity. No funding provided through the Conflict...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Burma: Armed Forces (24 Jul 2018)

Mark Field: In 2017 the UK co-sponsored the resolution at the UN Human Rights Council which set up a Fact Finding Mission to look into the human rights situation in Burma, including violations by the military. Its interim report of March 2018 confirmed the Burmese military was primarily to blame for the widespread and systematic violence against the Rohingya in Rakhine during August and September 2017....

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Cambodia: Elections (23 Jul 2018)

Mark Field: We are deeply concerned about steps taken by the Cambodian authorities and Supreme Court which undermine freedom of expression and prospects for free and fair elections. We have repeatedly raised our concerns at the dissolution of the CNRP and arrest of the opposition leader Kem Sokha with the Cambodian government. Most recently, the Permanent Under-Secretary at the Foreign and Commonwealth...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Cambodia: Overseas Aid (23 Jul 2018)

Mark Field: ​ For the current financial year (18/19) there is no Official Development Assistance (ODA) allocation specifically for trade and economic development or governance in Cambodia. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office currently has £332,500 allocated to human rights programmes in Cambodia for this year. In previous years, the UK has allocated ODA to a number of projects in Cambodia...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Burma: Rohingya (23 Jul 2018)

Mark Field: ​The former Foreign Secretary and Aung San Suu Kyi discussed the status of the Rohingya on many occasions, most recently on 11 June. She highlighted Burma's recent announcement that it had signed a MoU allowing for a UN presence in northern Rakhine. The Rohingya have long been persecuted in Rakhine. We continue to urge the Burmese Government to address the underlying issues through the...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: China: Human Rights (23 Jul 2018)

Mark Field: We remain deeply concerned about restrictions on freedom of religion or belief in China, particularly in Xinjiang. We raised our concerns with the Chinese authorities at the last UK/China Human Rights Dialogue which took place in June 2017 and will do so again at the next Dialogue: we are currently seeking to agree dates with the Chinese authorities. In the meantime, my officials will...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Muhammed Shoban (23 Jul 2018)

Mark Field: ​We regularly raise the importance of religious tolerance with the government of Pakistan. We raise few individual cases. We focus on urging the government of Pakistan to fulfil its duty to uphold the rights of all Pakistan's citizens irrespective of religious identity. This includes raising concerns about discrimination and violence against Ahmadiyya Muslims in Pakistan. I raised the...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: China: Human Rights (23 Jul 2018)

Mark Field: We remain deeply concerned about the human rights situation in Xinjiang. We raised our concerns in the UK statement at the Human Rights Council in June 2018 and with the Chinese authorities at the last UK/China Human Rights Dialogue which took place in June 2017. My officials will continue to monitor the situation in Xinjiang closely. ​

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Hong Kong: Politics and Government (23 Jul 2018)

Mark Field: The Government issued the following statement regarding the Hong Kong Special Autonomous Region Government’s plan to ban the Hong Kong National Party on 17 July: “We note with concern the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government plans to prohibit the continued operation of the Hong Kong National Party. The rights to stand for election, of free speech and of freedom of...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: China: Detainees (23 Jul 2018)

Mark Field: We remain deeply concerned about the human rights situation in Xinjiang. We are aware of credible reports of thousands of Uighurs being held in political re-education camps. UK officials recently visited Xinjiang to see the latest situation at first-hand, and found a heavy security presence on the ground. We raised our concerns in the UK statement at the Human Rights Council in June 2018 and...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: China: Detainees (23 Jul 2018)

Mark Field: We remain deeply concerned about the human rights situation in Xinjiang. We are aware of credible reports of thousands of Uighurs being held in political re-education camps. UK officials recently visited Xinjiang to see the latest situation at first-hand, and found a heavy security presence on the ground. We raised our concerns in the UK statement at the Human Rights Council in June 2018 and...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Pakistan: Conflict, Stability and Security Fund (23 Jul 2018)

Mark Field: The Pakistan Conflict Security and Stability Fund conducts monitoring and evaluation via an independent third party. This monitoring and evaluation covers the individual programmes including the counter extremism programme. Monitoring and evaluation is conducted for the programme's performance as a whole, as well as specific lines of activity. No funding provided through the Conflict...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Hong Kong: Politics and Government (23 Jul 2018)

Mark Field: The Government issued the following statement regarding the Hong Kong Special Autonomous Region Government’s plan to ban the Hong Kong National Party on 17 July: “We note with concern the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government plans to prohibit the continued operation of the Hong Kong National Party. The rights to stand for election, of free speech and of freedom of...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (23 Jul 2018)

Mark Field: ​At this year’s OECD Ministerial Council Meeting on 30-31 May, HMG was represented by The Rt Hon Mel Stride MP, the Financial Secretary to the Treasury, and Baroness Fairhead, Minister of State at the Department for International Trade. UK officials worked hard alongside representatives of the other 34 OECD Members to agree a joint statement. Whilst the UK was ready to join...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Afghanistan: Violence (23 Jul 2018)

Mark Field: ​The UK Government condemned the 1 July attack on a group of Sikhs and Hindus in Jalalabad. On Twitter I publicly described it as "a despicable attack on Afghanistan's historic Sikh and Hindu community". Security remains an ongoing challenge in Afghanistan and violence is particularly high in eastern Afghanistan. The Daesh affiliate, IS Khorasan Province (ISKP), has claimed...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: India: Nationality (23 Jul 2018)

Mark Field: ​We have not made such an assessment, but our Deputy High Commission in Kolkata is closely monitoring the updating of the National Register of Citizens in Assam.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: India: Nationality (23 Jul 2018)

Mark Field: Our Deputy High Commission in Kolkata is closely monitoring the updating of the National Register of Citizens in Assam. The British High Commission in New Delhi and our network of posts across India maintains a continuous assessment of human rights, including those of religious minorities, raising issues where appropriate.


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