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Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Human Rights (26 Jun 2018)

Mark Field: Mr Speaker, I assume that everyone is so happy with the smooth operation of Asian and Pacific affairs in the Foreign Office that I have had no questions until now. Promoting human rights will remain an essential aim of the foreign policy of Global Britain. Foreign and Commonwealth Office Ministers and officials relentlessly defend and champion human rights in bilateral engagements,...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Human Rights (26 Jun 2018)

Mark Field: I thank my hon. Friend for raising this issue, which I know affects a number of constituents not just in the west midlands but across the country. I recognise that this has been an incredibly difficult and distressing time for Mr Johal and his family, whom I most recently met along with their very assiduous constituency MP, the hon. Member for West Dunbartonshire (Martin Docherty-Hughes), on...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Human Rights (26 Jun 2018)

Mark Field: I thank the hon. Gentleman, and I am glad he is in his place. He has worked incredibly hard on this. [Interruption.] My right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary says from a sedentary position that he would be happy to meet him at the earliest convenient opportunity.

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Human Rights (26 Jun 2018)

Mark Field: I thank my right hon. Friend for her question. She is very assiduous on the Iranian issue. Yes, we are obviously looking towards getting reform within that country. A huge amount of work goes on both in the Foreign Office, in relation to the Global Britain agenda, and in that region. My right hon. Friend the Minister for the Middle East spends a considerable amount of his time on this, and I...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Human Rights (26 Jun 2018)

Mark Field: I understand. I have worked with the hon. Gentleman, who works extremely hard on behalf of his constituents, on a number of consular matters, including some in Asia. In relation to this desperate case—I understand the distress of Giulio’s family—we are keeping regular contact at consular level. I know these things can be very frustrating, but keeping regular contact...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Human Rights (26 Jun 2018)

Mark Field: May I point out that the Foreign Secretary has visited Africa on no fewer than nine occasions during the past year? Although I assume there will not be too many difficult votes to be dealt with during the course of the year ahead, I am sure he will have that sort of commitment. The hon. Lady rightly points out that, in places like Cameroon and the DRC, we are highly respected as a Government...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Topical Questions (26 Jun 2018)

Mark Field: Thailand is an important partner of the UK, and the Westminster Foundation for Democracy, whoever its chairman may be, has an extremely important role to play in this matter. My hon. Friend rightly points out that there is a sense of revitalisation, particularly in respect of anti-corruption and the culture of cronyism throughout the region. We were delighted to see Prime Minister Prayuth...

Turkey (7 Jun 2018)

Mark Field: I congratulate my old sparring partner, the right hon. Member for Enfield North (Joan Ryan), on securing this debate. I also commend her for all of her sterling work as chair of the all-party parliamentary group for Alevis. The Minister for Europe and the Americas is currently travelling abroad on ministerial duties, and sends his apologies that he is unable to respond to this debate. It is...

Ahmadiyya Muslim Community (24 May 2018)

Mark Field: I am grateful to the hon. Member for Mitcham and Morden (Siobhain McDonagh) for securing this important debate. I pay a heartfelt tribute to her work as chair of the all-party group for the Ahmadiyya Muslim community, and for all she has done to support the community in the UK and overseas. That gratitude extends to the contributions of other hon. Members, and I shall try to respond to the...

Ahmadiyya Muslim Community (24 May 2018)

Mark Field: The hon. Gentleman is right. We do get the highest levels of access to political leaders, and Pakistan is now in a pre-election period which is a time of particular vulnerability for many minorities, and we have touched on that. It is entirely unacceptable that the Ahmadi, for example, are electorally disenfranchised. However we also work at state level, and in my visits going out to Mardan,...

Ahmadiyya Muslim Community (24 May 2018)

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Ahmadiyya Muslim Community (24 May 2018)

Mark Field: I never miss a chance to say a quick word. I thank my hon. Friend the Member for Beckenham (Bob Stewart) for protecting the interests of the Foreign Office. This is a very serious issue, and all hon. Members will appreciate that the correct and most effective way to represent the interests of a persecuted minority is often in private, rather than through megaphone diplomacy. I hope hon....

Christians Overseas (22 May 2018)

Mark Field: I thank my hon. Friend the Member for Croydon South (Chris Philp) for initiating the debate. I particularly respect his consistent and long-standing commitment—well, long-standing for a colleague of three years, anyway—to the issue during all his time in the House. He and other hon. Members from across the House have given appalling examples of the persecution of Christians...

Christians Overseas (22 May 2018)

Mark Field: No doubt I will have the specifics of that matter before too long. Yes, I will endeavour to do that for my hon. Friend. The Government are, sadly, all too familiar with research conducted in recent years by reputable organisations that shows that the persecution of Christians is on the rise. In the 12 months to October, Open Doors concluded that more than 200 million Christians in 50...

Christians Overseas (22 May 2018)

Mark Field: I will meet my hon. Friend. If she will excuse me, I will write to her with some of the details she has asked for. We believe that religious freedom is a bellwether of broader individual freedoms, democratic health and, ultimately, economic health. For all those reasons, it is a priority for this Government to defend and promote the rights of not only Christians but peoples of all faiths and...

Christians Overseas (22 May 2018)

Mark Field: If my hon. Friend will forgive me, I only have a small amount of time left. So far this year my ministerial colleagues have raised issues about freedom of religion or belief with counterparts in such places as Iraq, Egypt and Burma. My hon. Friend the Member for Hornchurch and Upminster (Julia Lopez) mentioned Indonesia. We have made representations to the Indonesian Government to ensure...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Myanmar: Rakhine and Kachin (15 May 2018)

Mark Field: My right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary raised concerns about the treatment of the Rohingya of Rakhine in a meeting in Naypyidaw with State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi on 11 February. I reiterated those messages when I summoned the Burmese ambassador on 6 March. Moreover, I called for the Burmese military to show restraint and protect civilians in Kachin on both 28 April and, most...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Myanmar: Rakhine and Kachin (15 May 2018)

Mark Field: The hon. Lady will be well aware—she touched on this—of the idea of universal jurisdiction, but that is not in place at present. Of course, I am very happy to meet, along with her, the representatives of the Rohingya community, as I have done before. The UK is a staunch supporter of the ICC and we remain committed to working with all our international partners to secure justice...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Myanmar: Rakhine and Kachin (15 May 2018)

Mark Field: I thank my hon. Friend for all the work that she does on this. Like many Members throughout the House, I have been absolutely appalled by the reports of extensive sexual violence in Rakhine, including in graphic and harrowing testimonies on television programmes on both Channel 4 and BBC 2 in the last two evenings. I reassure her and the House that UK aid is already providing comprehensive...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Myanmar: Rakhine and Kachin (15 May 2018)

Mark Field: I fully appreciate those grave concerns. As the hon. Gentleman rightly says, the issue of the Rohingya is not one that has emerged only since last August. In many cases, it goes back to the late 1970s. There have been various episodes leading to this, and as he rightly points out, the risk is that it will have an impact on forthcoming generations. We will continue to work with all our...


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