Results 1–20 of 2270 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Mark Field

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...

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

Mark Field: I know that my hon. Friend takes a strong interest in these matters. It is important to recognise that, although we were at the forefront of stopping support for the Burmese military last September, there has been a military dictatorship since 1962, and it is for our diplomats on the ground in Naypyidaw and Rangoon to identify the elements—and there will be elements—in the...

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

Mark Field: I thank the hon. Gentleman for his question. I know that there has been a great deal of co-operation with the Opposition Front-Bench team. We all recognise that these are terrible issues on which the UK political parties, irrespective of colour, need to work together on behalf of the international community. We are awaiting the ICC’s decision on whether it has jurisdiction over the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Topical Questions (15 May 2018)

Mark Field: I thank my hon. Friend for his thoughts. The recent election in Malaysia was historic: the outcome, while a surprise, represents a genuine victory for democracy and is a testament to the Malaysian people. Our relationship with Malaysia is of course both deep and long-lasting, and I look forward to working closely with the new Prime Minister and his Government on many of our shared interests.


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