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Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Human Rights and Environment Protection (18 Oct 2018)

Mark Field: In 2017 the then Foreign Secretary issued a revised version of the UK Guidelines on Working with Human Rights Defenders to the diplomatic network. In addition, all Human Rights Priority Countries are required to have a Human Rights Strategy, that includes support for human rights defenders working on the range of human rights, including those related to the environment. Depending on the local...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Slavery (18 Oct 2018)

Mark Field: ​The UK’s support for Human Rights Defenders does not differentiate between the various aspects of rights they work on. The UK Guidelines on Working with Human Rights Defenders, ask all UK diplomatic missions to look for opportunities to work with and support human rights defenders across all aspects of their work, including Modern Slavery.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: UN General Assembly (18 Oct 2018)

Mark Field: ​36 members of staff from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office accompanied Ministers to the UN General Assembly Ministerial Week in New York. These officials ranged from senior officials, who represented the UK at events, to subject specialists who supported the delivery of UK-led events.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: UN General Assembly (18 Oct 2018)

Mark Field: This information is not held centrally and to compile it would incur disproportionate cost.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Burma: Peace Negotiations (18 Oct 2018)

Mark Field: Our British Ambassador to Burma, discussed the national peace process with the Minister of the Office of State Counsellor on 9 August. He attended the most recent Panglong Peace Conference in July 2018, and met a range of parties to the National Ceasefire Agreement, to express UK support for negotiations towards a peace settlement. The Burmese government has said it plans to hold a further...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Burma: Peace Negotiations (18 Oct 2018)

Mark Field: According to figures released by the Burmese Government, 13% of participants at the first Panglong Peace Conference in 2016 were women. At the second Panglong Peace Conference in 2017, 20% of participants were women and for the third Panglong it was 22%. Burma remains a focus country for the UK National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security for 2018 - 2022 which underlines that women being...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Burma: Islam (18 Oct 2018)

Mark Field: ​The Government continues to be deeply concerned by hate speech against minorities in Burma, including Muslims, Christians, and particularly the Rohingya. The Government welcomes Facebook's decision to remove accounts and ban individuals and organisations following publication of the report of the UN Fact-Finding Mission on Burma. Our Embassy works with local partners in Burma to tackle...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: English Language: Assessments (18 Oct 2018)

Mark Field: The British Council have advised that there are no set percentage pass or fail rates for the International English Lanugaue Testing Sytem (IELTS) exams. It is up to the organisations who accept the tests to decide their entry score requirements. IELTS is an independent organisation and is jointly owned by British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and Cambridge English Assessment.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Human Rights: Business (18 Oct 2018)

Mark Field: ​The Cross-Whitehall Steering Group on Business and Human Rights is chaired jointly by officials from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Department for Business Energy and Industry Strategy and is attended by representatives from the Ministry of Justice, the Department for International Trade, UK Export Finance, the Home Office, the Department for International Development, the...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Human Rights: Business (18 Oct 2018)

Mark Field: Since the update of the National Action Plan, the Cross-Whitehall Steering Group on Business and Human Rights has met five times and also liaise between its meetings.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Human Rights: Business (18 Oct 2018)

Mark Field: Our shared focus is implementing the National Action Plan on Business and Human Rights as it stands and on sustaining the UK's high standards in protection of human rights. There is no intent to review the Plan before at least 2020. Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy officials liaise frequently on the Plan and its implementation. We...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Human Rights: Business (18 Oct 2018)

Mark Field: Foreign and Commonwealth officials discuss the implementation of the National Action Plan regularly at working level, with officials from the Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy, and through the Cross-Whitehall Steering Group on Business and Human Rights, taking all relevant developments into account.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Bangladesh: Political Prisoners (16 Oct 2018)

Mark Field: ​I am clear that the UK wants to see a free, fair and pluralistic general election in Bangladesh, and we have consistently encouraged the Government of Bangladesh and opposition parties to engage in an effective dialogue to this end. I made these points to senior members of the Government of Bangladesh, including State Minister for Foreign Affairs, Shahriar Alam, and members of the...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Bangladesh: Elections (16 Oct 2018)

Mark Field: ​I am clear that the UK wants to see a free, fair and pluralistic general election in Bangladesh, and we have consistently encouraged the Government of Bangladesh and opposition parties to engage in an effective dialogue to this end. I made these points to senior members of the Government of Bangladesh, including State Minister for Foreign Affairs, Shahriar Alam, and members of the...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Bangladesh: Political Prisoners (16 Oct 2018)

Mark Field: I am clear that the UK wants to see a free, fair and pluralistic general election in Bangladesh, and we have consistently encouraged the Government of Bangladesh and opposition parties to engage in an effective dialogue to this end. I made these points to senior members of the Government of Bangladesh, including State Minister for Foreign Affairs, Shahriar Alam, and members of the opposition...

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

Mark Field: The UK supported the establishment and activity of the Rakhine Advisory Commission, which in August 2017 delivered a set of recommendations to address the causes of the Rohingya crisis. The UK continues to press the Burmese authorities to implement these recommendations in full. The UK secured a UN Security Council Presidential Statement on 6 November 2017 which emphasised that call, and...

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

Mark Field: The Foreign Secretary has made clear that referring the situation in Burma to the International Criminal Court (ICC) is an option the UN Security Council (UNSC) should consider. To allow this discussion to happen the UK is calling for the UNSC to debate the report of the UN Fact Finding Mission. However, our assessment remains that there is insufficient support amongst Security Council...

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

Mark Field: The UK, working with EU partners and the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, secured a UN Human Rights Council Resolution on 27 September that sets out the detailed steps the Government of Burma should take to support the return of Rohingya refugees and internally displaced persons. The resolution stresses that the returns process needs to be in consultation with the populations concerned...

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

Mark Field: The Burmese Government has led or commissioned four investigations into violence in Rakhine involving the Rohingya since 2012. The Burmese military has conducted three investigations since 2012 into its troops' conduct during operations in Rakhine involving the Rohingya, none of which have met international standards. The Foreign Secretary underlined to State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi in...

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

Mark Field: ​In his meeting with Burma's State Counsellor (and Foreign Minister) Aung San Suu Kyi on 20 September, the Foreign Secretary made clear that holding to account those responsible for atrocities was of critical importance. He underlined that giving refugees hope of a safe return and future in Rakhine depending on accountability for human rights violations. He expressed his grave concerns...


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