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Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Rohingya: Sexual Offences (19 Jan 2018)

Mark Field: The Government has been clear in it's condemnation of the terrible atrocities that have occurred in Rakhine State and has now raised Burma five times at the UN Security Council. The Burmese authorities must heed the call of the UN Security Council to make Rakhine safe for refugee returns and ensure accountability for human rights violations. We have made clear to the governments of Burma and...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Cambodia: Politics and Government (19 Jan 2018)

Mark Field: ​We are deeply concerned about the series of steps taken by the Cambodian authorities and its Supreme Court, which threaten to undermine free and fair elections in Cambodia in 2018. I met Foreign Minister Prak Sokhonn at the Asia-Europe Meeting in November and Cambodian Ambassador to the UK Dr Soeung earlier this month. I expressed my concern at the dissolution of the CNRP, arrest of...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Sri Lanka: Religious Freedom (19 Jan 2018)

Mark Field: The Government is concerned by the increase in the number of incidents of religious violence and ethnic tensions in Sri Lanka in 2017. We condemn all violence against religious minorities. The freedom to practise, change or share your faith or belief without discrimination or violent opposition is a fundamental human right that all people should enjoy. The UK regularly raises human rights...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Nepal: Christianity (19 Jan 2018)

Mark Field: ​We raise the importance of ensuring freedom of religion or belief with the Nepali government on a regular basis. I raised these issues most recently with Nepali Ambassador on 9 October 2017 and when I wrote to Prime Minister Deuba on 2 November 2017. Our Embassy in Kathmandu monitors the human rights situation closely and has consistently encouraged the Government of Nepal and members...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: China: Organs (18 Jan 2018)

Mark Field: We remain deeply concerned by and condemn all restrictions placed on freedom of religion or belief in China, including on practitioners of Falun Gong. At the UK/China Human Rights dialogue on 27 June 2017 we discussed our concerns about restrictions placed on Falun Gong practitioners with the Chinese authorities. Furthermore, at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva in June 2017, the UK's...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: China: Environment Protection (17 Jan 2018)

Mark Field: I have had no recent discussions with the Chinese Government on the issue of reducing pollution. However my officials, our Embassy in Beijing and our other posts in China continue to engage on this issue with their Chinese counterparts. The Foreign Secretary's Climate Envoy, Nick Bridge, visited China in September 2017.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Brunei: Religious Freedom (17 Jan 2018)

Mark Field: ​Brunei's constitution names the Shafi school of Sunni Islam as the country's official religion and states that all religions may be practiced in peace and harmony. Other forms of Islamic observance are not permitted. In 2013 Brunei announced a sharia penal code to operate alongside the common law system. To date, this has not had a significant practical impact on the level of religious...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: North Korea: Nuclear Weapons (16 Jan 2018)

Mark Field: ​The Foreign Secretary met Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov on 22 December in Moscow. They discussed how best to work together, as permanent members of the UN Security Council, in tackling global security issues such as North Korea. On the same day, the UN Security Council unanimously adopted UNSCR 2379 on the DPRK, showing once again that the international community remains united in...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: North Korea: Nuclear Weapons (16 Jan 2018)

Mark Field: ​The unanimous adoption of multiple UN Security Council Resolutions on North Korea demonstrates that the international community will not accept its illegal nuclear and ballistic missile programmes. The sanctions now in place significantly reduce the export revenues the regime uses to fund its illegal programmes. There is evidence that the impact of these measures are increasingly being...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: North Korea: UN Resolutions (16 Jan 2018)

Mark Field: ​The UK welcomes the unanimous adoption of the latest UN Security Council resolution on North Korea. The international community has once again shown it is united in its condemnation of North Korea's reckless and destabilising actions. This resolution further reduces the revenues North Korea uses to fund its illegal nuclear and ballistic missile programmes. The Foreign Secretary and I...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Burma: Violence (16 Jan 2018)

Mark Field: ​International humanitarian law applies in situations of armed conflict. No determination has been made that the situation in Rakhine State meets this definition. We are pressing for full accountability under international criminal law for all those responsible for the atrocities. As the Foreign Secretary said on 21 November, it is vital that any evidence or testimony gathered is...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Burma: Sanctions (16 Jan 2018)

Mark Field: Both the EU and US have arms embargoes in place on Burma. The UK has suspended Burmese military visits and defence education cooperation. We are discussing with partners further options for UN Security Council action on Rakhine, following the UN Secretary-General's 12 December report to the Council. We are also assessing, with EU partners, whether targeted EU sanctions against individual...

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

Mark Field: The agreement between the governments of Burma and Bangladesh is a positive step. But the Burmese authorities need to take urgent measures to improve conditions in northern Rakhine state before starting any returns process, as well as allowing appropriate international oversight. At present, conditions are not suitable for Rohingya refugees to return to their homes safely, voluntarily and in...

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

Mark Field: I have repeatedly called on the Government of Bangladesh to make sure that any returns of Rohingya refugees to their homes in Burma are voluntary, safe and dignified. I raised this with the High Commissioner Nazmul Quaunine on 9 January 2018, with State Minister for Foreign Affairs Shahriar Alam on 30 November 2017, and Foreign Secretary Shahidul Haque on 2 November 2017. Officials in Dhaka...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Burma: Procurement (15 Jan 2018)

Mark Field: ​The government does not currently have a policy of avoiding purchasing goods or services from such companies. The military has an extensive and opaque range of business interests. Services and goods provided by military-linked companies range from drinking water to port handling services. For many services used by the British Embassy, the choice of providers is very limited. However,...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Bangladesh: Human Rights (15 Jan 2018)

Mark Field: ​Any defence engagement or security assistance provided in Bangladesh are subject to a rigorous analysis of human rights risks through our Overseas Security and Justice Assessment process. Where credible allegations of human rights violations are made in connection with any UK overseas security assistance, we reserve the right to immediately withdraw support. I am deeply concerned by...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Crimes Against Humanity: Arrest Warrants (15 Jan 2018)

Mark Field: ​The United Kingdom is a strong supporter of the ICC and believes it is important that fugitives from international justice do not enjoy impunity. If an individual who is wanted by the ICC enters the United Kingdom, we have a legal obligation to arrest and surrender that individual in accordance with the International Criminal Court Act 2001. All State Parties to the ICC have a similar...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Bangladesh: Human Rights (15 Jan 2018)

Mark Field: ​I am deeply concerned by allegations of enforced disappearances, including of political opponents of the Government, in Bangladesh. I raised specific human rights cases with the State Minister for Foreign Affairs Shahriar Alam on 30 November 2017, and our concerns regarding disappearances with Foreign Secretary Shahidul Haque on 2 November 2017. Lord Ahmad, FCO Minister for the...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Burma: Rohingya (15 Jan 2018)

Mark Field: I met State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi on 27 September in Naypyidaw and stressed the importance of an end to the violance and the provision of humanitarian relife in Rakhine State. I reiterated the importance of allowing humanitarian access to northern Rakhine when he met Burma’s Defence Minister on 20 November, and the Ambassador raised it in his meeting with the Minister for the...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: North Korea: Religious Freedom (15 Jan 2018)

Mark Field: ​We are aware of reports, including the UN Commission of Inquiry report (2014), that people in North Korea who are involved in religion (outside of state-controlled organisations), face severe punishment for practising their beliefs, including summary executions, torture, lack of judicial process and forced labour. Officially recognised places of worship are effectively under state...


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