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Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Bangladesh: Elections (21 Nov 2018)

Mark Field: ​The British Government has been clear that we want to see a free, fair and pluralistic election in Bangladesh and I have repeatedly encouraged the Government of Bangladesh and opposition parties to engage in an effective dialogue to this end. Through our High Commission in Dhaka we have been clear that the Election Commission should be allowed to continue its important work, including the...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Bangladesh: Elections (21 Nov 2018)

Mark Field: The British Government has been consistently clear that we wish to see a free, fair and pluralistic election in Bangladesh. I have repeatedly encouraged the Government of Bangladesh and opposition parties to engage in an effective dialogue to this end. Through our High Commission in Dhaka we have been clear that the Election Commission should be allowed to continue its important work,...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Pakistan: Blasphemy (21 Nov 2018)

Mark Field: In August, the Prime Minister raised with Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan the importance of Pakistan delivering on its commitments to strengthen institutions responsible for upholding the rule of law. As the Prime Minister recognised in Parliament on 14 November, Imran Khan has publicly supported the Supreme Court and promised to uphold the rule of law, while providing continued...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Afghanistan: Ethnic Groups (21 Nov 2018)

Mark Field: We regularly raise issues concerning freedom of religion with the Government of Afghanistan, underlining, the need to protect the rights of all ethnic and religious groups in line with the constitution of Afghanistan. We are concerned about the high number of civilian casualties and displaced persons that have resulted from the recent violence in Ghazni and Uruzgan. We urge that all parties...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Rohingya: Children (21 Nov 2018)

Mark Field: ​The Government condemns the atrocities that have taken place in Rakhine including the violence committed against children. The Foreign Secretary made clear to Burma's State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi in their meeting of 20 September that holding to account those responsible for atrocities was of critical importance. The UK co-sponsored the UN Human Rights Council Resolution of 27...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: BBC World Service (20 Nov 2018)

Mark Field: BBC World Service provides accurate, impartial and independent news and analysis, and helps to promote Britain and our values around the world. Additional Government investment has helped World Service undergo the biggest expansion in 70 years. In 2016, the Foreign Secretary agreed to fund new language and additional enhanced services. The World Service's 'World 2020' programme brings high...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Bangladesh: Rohingya (19 Nov 2018)

Mark Field: On 14 November I released a public statement expressing deep concern at reports that returns of Rohingya refugees to Burma were imminent. I called on Bangladesh and Burma not to return any refugees until the conditions were in place for voluntary, safe, dignified and sustainable returns that uphold human rights. I am pleased that no repatriations began on 15 November, but I remain concerned...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Bangladesh: Rohingya (19 Nov 2018)

Mark Field: The UK is deeply concerned at Bangladesh and Burma's announcement that the repatriation of refugees will begin in mid-November. I have registered our concerns with ministers from both governments, and issued a statement expressing concerns on 14 November. The UK shares the UN High Commissioner for Refugees' assessment that the conditions for safe and dignified returns do not yet exist. The UK...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Jagtar Singh Johal (19 Nov 2018)

Mark Field: ​We continue to press the Indian Government at official and Ministerial level to address concerns raised with them on behalf of Jagtar Singh Johal, including allegations of torture and mistreatment. Baroness Williams and I raised the case with the Minister of State for External Affairs, on 11 June and 7 May respectively, and most recently I raised Mr Johal’s case with the outgoing Indian...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Middle East: Religious Freedom (19 Nov 2018)

Mark Field: ​The Magna Carta fund has recently extended its support for Hardwired, a project which promotes Freedom of Religion or Belief in curricula in the Middle East and North Africa. More broadly, 'Respect in Education' is a key part of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office's strategy to promote Freedom of Relgion or Belief. Projects within the Magna Carta Fund are routinely reviewed and assessed.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Bangladesh: Elections (19 Nov 2018)

Mark Field: The British Government has been consistently clear that we wish to see a free, fair and pluralistic general election in Bangladesh. As a result, I have repeatedly encouraged the Government of Bangladesh and opposition parties to engage in an effective dialogue to this end. An amendment to Bangladesh's constitution in 2011 removes the requirement for a neutral caretaker administration during...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Bangladesh: Freedom of Expression (19 Nov 2018)

Mark Field: Civil Society in Bangladesh has detailed its growing concerns regarding the Digital Security Act, including the vagueness of its provisions and draconian sentences. The British High Commissioner in Bangladesh, along with EU partners, issued a statement on 27 September condemning the Act's negative impact on freedom of expression. The British High Commission has also raised these concerns with...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Philippines: Human Rights (15 Nov 2018)

Mark Field: The UK is fully committed to the promotion and protection of human rights, and reports of human rights abuses in the Philippines remain troubling. We are concerned by the high death toll associated with the 'war on drugs', the situation of land rights and human rights defenders, developments on media freedom, and moves to reintroduce the death penalty. Our Embassy in Manila has made these...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Asia Bibi (15 Nov 2018)

Mark Field: It is the long standing position of the Government not to comment on individual immigration issues. Asia Bibi’s acquittal will be very welcome news to her family and those who have campaigned in Pakistan and around the world for her release. The UK continues to follow developments on this case very closely.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: China: Organs (14 Nov 2018)

Mark Field: We are aware of reports that allege that a process of involuntary organ removal may be taking place in China, including suggestions that minority and religious groups are being specifically targeted. The British government fully supports the Declaration of Istanbul (May 2008), which encourages all countries to draw up legal and professional frameworks to govern organ donation and...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Pakistan: Religious Freedom (14 Nov 2018)

Mark Field: We regularly raise our concerns about the Freedom of Religion or Belief (FoRB) and the protection of minority religious communities, with the Pakistani Government at a senior level. We will continue to work tirelessly to defend and promote the rights of peoples of all faiths and none so that they can practise their faith or belief without fear or discrimination. We are monitoring this case...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Burma: Rohingya (12 Nov 2018)

Mark Field: ​The Foreign Secretary met with Burmese State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi on 20 September in Burma and raised the importance of the safe, voluntary and dignified return of refugees to Rakhine State, and ensuring those responsible for human rights violations are held to account. I spoke with the Burmese Minister for International Cooperation Kyaw Tin on 1 November to: stress the UK's serious...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Armed Conflict: Sexual Offences (12 Nov 2018)

Mark Field: The Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict Initiative (PSVI) was launched in 2012; we do not hold distinct data on tackling sexual violence in conflict from before that date. From the financial year 2012/13 to the financial year 2017/18, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office spent approximately £42.67 million on preventing sexual violence in conflict. In the current financial year, we have...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Armed Conflict: Sexual Offences (12 Nov 2018)

Mark Field: Since launching the Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict Initiative (PSVI) in 2012, the UK has continued to lead global efforts to end the horror of sexual violence in conflict, and we have committed over £44 million in UK funding across 26 countries. The Ministry of Defence has trained 17,000 000 national and international police and military personnel, including peacekeepers, on sexual...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Wildlife: Smuggling (12 Nov 2018)

Mark Field: 57 countries have adopted the London 2018 Declaration committing to action to protect endangered species around the globe, with more expected to sign. This important pledge of international action reflects the success of the Illegal Wildlife Trade Conference in London in October, which was attended by more than 70 countries and more than 400 organisations. The conference focused the minds of...


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