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Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Ethnic Groups: Human Rights (23 Apr 2018)

Mark Field: ​Her Majesty's Government is committed to promoting and defending the human rights of all individuals. As a responsible and committed supporter of the rules-based international system, the UK regularly participates in discussions regarding indigenous peoples in various United Nations fora, including the General Assembly, the Human Rights Council, and the Permanent Forum on Indigenous issues.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Vietnam: Christianity (23 Apr 2018)

Mark Field: ​I am aware of reports of an incident in North West Province of Vietnam in March this year, during which several individuals were injured. The British Government is firmly committed to standing up for freedom of religion, and for individuals to practice their beliefs free from fear. We regularly use our high level discussions with the Vietnamese Government to stress the need for respect...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Michelle Samaraweera (23 Apr 2018)

Mark Field: I can confirm that the then Prime Minister David Cameron wrote to Prime Minister Modi on 17 June 2016. The letter covered a range of issues on which the British Government was engaging the Indian Government at the time, including extradition. I can also confirm the then Prime Minister did raise Michelle Samaraweera's case with Prime Minister Modi. I can assure the Hon Lady that the British...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Hong Kong: Foreign Relations (19 Apr 2018)

Mark Field: ​The Government regularly discusses a range of issues with the Governments of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region and the People's Republic of China, including implementation of the Sino-British Joint Declaration and the importance of 'One Country, Two Systems'. As part of this ongoing dialogue, officials in Hong Kong discussed the FAC's report with their HKSARG counterparts.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Burma: Rohingya (19 Apr 2018)

Mark Field: The UK supports the collection of evidence and testimony under way in Cox's Bazaar, Bangladesh. The UK is providing support to build the capacity of the Bangladesh National Human Rights Commission to investigate and document sexual violence cases. Such evidence and testimony can contribute to the historical record and could support future prosecutions. We welcome the UN Special Rapporteur...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Burma: Rohingya (19 Apr 2018)

Mark Field: The Foreign Secretary met Burmese State Counsellor Aung Sun Suu Kyi on 12 February and made clear that the Burmese authorities, including the military, must allow Rohingya refugees to return to their homes in Rakhine voluntarily, in safety and with dignity. The UK Ambassador to Burma met Minister for the Office of State Counsellor U Kyaw Tint Swe on 5 April and called on Burma to agree a...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Andy Hall (19 Apr 2018)

Mark Field: Mr Hall has not recently requested consular assistance. However, we have been active in supporting him in relation to his work promoting human rights. Embassy staff have attended trial hearings and raised his case with the Thai authorities. We shall continue this work, and stand ready to provide consular assistance should he require it. The British Government supports the right of human...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Burma: Human Rights (19 Apr 2018)

Mark Field: The British Government has consistently made it clear that we seek justice to be done for the Rohingya. In line with the recommendations of the UN Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in Myanmar, the British Government is considering how to support better co-ordination between organisations collecting evidence and testimony in Bangladesh. We are discussing this with...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Malaysia: Politics and Government (17 Apr 2018)

Mark Field: ​We continue to follow the political situation in Malaysia closely. During my visit to Kuala Lumpur last week, I heard about the recent changes to constituency boundaries and the passing of the Anti-Fake News Bill. I recognise that there are concerns related to both issues. The UK continues to stress the importance of free and fair elections and open and vibrant political debate. We...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Malaysia: Elections (17 Apr 2018)

Mark Field: ​On my visit to Malaysia last week, I heard about concerns related to the electoral boundary changes introduced by the Election Commission. We will be monitoring their impact, and have discussed the importance of free and fair elections with the Malaysian government at the highest levels.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Malaysia: Freedom of Expression (17 Apr 2018)

Mark Field: ​The UK regularly highlights its firm commitment to freedom of speech and expression. I am concerned about the potential effect that the new Anti-Fake News Bill could have on freedom of expression in Malaysia, and about the fact that this Bill was passed without meaningful public consultation or debate. We are monitoring developments closely, working with EU and other foreign partners...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Burma: Rohingya (16 Apr 2018)

Mark Field: Four members of the FCO’s Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict Initiative Team of Experts (PSVI ToE) have deployed to Bangladesh to support survivors of sexual violence among Rohingya refugees. This technical support has focused on assessing the situation and services available to survivors to inform funding and programming, and on building sustainable capacity among Bangladeshi...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Philippines: Foreign Relations (16 Apr 2018)

Mark Field: I met the Philippines Undersecretary of Foreign Affairs in December 2017. We discussed the strong bilateral cooperation between our countries, including on trade and investment. I also raised my concerns over human rights in the Philippines and the high death toll associated with the “war on illegal drugs”, stressing the need for prompt, thorough and impartial investigations into...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Burma: Armed Conflict (16 Apr 2018)

Mark Field: We remain deeply concerned by the suffering inflicted on the Rohingya people. Violence in Rakhine has decreased, but about 100 people a day are still crossing the border. More than 688,000 Rohingya have fled from Burma to Bangladesh since late August 2017.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Philippines: Foreign Relations (16 Apr 2018)

Mark Field: I met the Philippines Undersecretary of Foreign Affairs in December 2017. We discussed the strong bilateral cooperation between our countries, including on trade and investment. I also raised my concerns over human rights in the Philippines and the high death toll associated with the “war on illegal drugs”, stressing the need for prompt, thorough and impartial investigations into...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Hong Kong: National Anthems (5 Apr 2018)

Mark Field: It is vital that Hong Kong’s rights and freedoms are respected, including when new legislation is being considered. We therefore welcome the Hong Kong Government’s commitment to carefully consider the views of the public and members of the Legislative Council during this legislative process.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Pakistan: Blasphemy (5 Apr 2018)

Mark Field: We have repeatedly called on Pakistan to end capital punishment and have urged them to renew the previously imposed moratorium on the application of the death penalty. We are in any case concerned about the misuse of blasphemy laws, which carry the death penalty. We regularly raise these concerns at a senior level with the Government of Pakistan. During my visit to Pakistan in November 2017,...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Religious Freedom (5 Apr 2018)

Mark Field: The Foreign Secretary has not has any recent discussions with Mr Ján Figel, the EU's Special Envoy for Freedom of Religion or Belief. However, a senior official from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office met Mr Figel along with counterparts from other EU member states for a day of discussions on improving the protection of Freedom of Religion and Belief internationally on 11 January 2018.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Burma: Rohingya (5 Apr 2018)

Mark Field: The Foreign Secretary raised the issue of refugee returns when he met Burmese State Counsellor Aung Sun Suu Kyi on 12 February. The UK has been clear Rohingya refugees must be allowed to return to their homes in Rakhine voluntarily, in safety and with dignity. The UK secured the support of the UN Security Council for these requirements in its Presidential Statement of 6 November. The UK...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Hong Kong: Politics and Government (29 Mar 2018)

Mark Field: Currently there is no proposed national security legislation in Hong Kong. The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region has not set a timeline for the introduction of any legislation that would be required to enact Article 23, nor published any draft bills. We have been consistently clear in our position that, if the Hong Kong Government should seek to introduce legislation...


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