Results 1–20 of 1981 for speaker:Boris Johnson

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Ethiopia: Political Prisoners (6 Feb 2018)

Boris Johnson: I have been in contact with the Ethiopian Foreign Minister following the 3 January announcement by Prime Minister Hailemariam to welcome this positive signal of movement towards opening up political space in Ethiopia. According to Ethiopia's Attorney General, the first group of detainees was released around 17 January and included 528 prisoners who had been charged but not convicted. On 26...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Ethiopia: Counter-terrorism (6 Feb 2018)

Boris Johnson: The British Government regularly raises with the Ethiopian Government the need for the opening up of political space in Ethiopia. Most recently, during the Fourth UK-Ethiopia Human Rights Dialogue in November, we made clear to the State Minister of Foreign Affairs our concerns around the implementation of Ethiopia's Anti-Terrorism Proclamation.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Lebanon: Elections (6 Feb 2018)

Boris Johnson: We look forward to the holding of parliamentary elections in Lebanon on 6 May 2018. We regularly raise with the Lebanese Government the importance of the elections taking place on time and according to international standards. Our Ambassador to Lebanon discussed this most recently with Foreign Minister Bassil on 15 January and President Aoun on 29 January. The UK is funding a number of...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Lebanon: Human Rights (6 Feb 2018)

Boris Johnson: I have not raised the issue myself with the Lebanese Foreign Minister, but our Ambassador to Lebanon has made regular representations. On 13 December we issued a statement welcoming Prime Minister Hariri's comments which said that the institute would be independent and receive due funding.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Lebanon: Protest (6 Feb 2018)

Boris Johnson: We are aware of reports that Lebanon's Internal Security Forces (ISF) used unlawful force against protesters at a demonstration in Beirut in December. We monitor allegations of human rights abuses closely and encourage the ISF to engage with these in an open and transparent way. The UK signed a Memorandum Of Understanding in July 2016 with the ISF that will provide £13m of funding over...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Lebanon: Trials (6 Feb 2018)

Boris Johnson: We have not raised this specific issue with the Lebanese Government. However, the UK monitors these courts closely and we regularly raise the issue of human rights with the Lebanese Government and security agencies. We encourage both to engage with any allegations of human rights violations in an open and transparent way.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Lebanon: UN Interim Force in Lebanon (6 Feb 2018)

Boris Johnson: The UK commends the work of UNIFIL in maintaining calm and stability in southern Lebanon over the last 11 years. This is vital for peace, stability, and the security of Lebanon and Israel. We welcome the steps UNIFIL has taken to fulfil UN Security Council Resolution 2373 by increasing the number and quality of land and air patrols in closer cooperation with the Lebanese Armed Forces.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Lebanon: UN Interim Force in Lebanon (6 Feb 2018)

Boris Johnson: The UK commends the work of UNIFIL in maintaining calm and stability in southern Lebanon over the last 11 years. We condemn cases where UNIFIL's mandate has been obstructed. The mission must be allowed to fulfil its mandate. We therefore welcomed UN Security Council Resolution 2373 passed in August 2017 which re-emphasised UNIFIL's right to take all necessary action to resist attempts to...

Written Ministerial Statements — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Provision of Border Assistance to Lebanon (6 Feb 2018)

Boris Johnson: The United Kingdom is strongly committed to supporting Lebanon’s peace, stability and prosperity. Through a long-standing Conflict Stability and Security Fund project worth £22.6m over three years, the UK is helping the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) secure the Lebanon-Syria border. Our ambition is for Lebanon to have complete authority over its border with Syria. In order to reach...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Syria: Chemical Weapons (23 Jan 2018)

Boris Johnson: We are concerned by the latest reports of an alleged Syrian regime chlorine attack in Eastern Ghouta on 13 January. UK officials are in regular contact with the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), whose investigators are investigating the allegations of chlorine use in Eastern Ghouta, alongside a number of other allegations of chemical weapons use in Syria in the past...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Syria: Chemical Weapons (23 Jan 2018)

Boris Johnson: We are concerned by the latest reports of an alleged Syrian regime chlorine attack in Eastern Ghouta on 13 January. UK officials are in regular contact with the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), whose investigators are investigating the allegations of chlorine use in Eastern Ghouta, alongside a number of other allegations of chemical weapons use in Syria in the past...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Syria: Chemical Weapons (23 Jan 2018)

Boris Johnson: We are concerned by the latest reports of an alleged Syrian regime chlorine attack in Eastern Ghouta on 13 January. UK officials are in regular contact with the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), whose investigators are investigating the allegations of chlorine use in Eastern Ghouta, alongside a number of other allegations of chemical weapons use in Syria in the past...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Syria: Chemical Weapons (23 Jan 2018)

Boris Johnson: The use of chemical weapons in Syria is a serious challenge facing the international community. The UK fully supports the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in its work to investigate cases of chemical weapons use, and to verify Syria’s Declaration of its chemical weapons programme under the Chemical Weapons Convention. As a member of the OPCW Executive Council,...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Tunisia: Protest (18 Jan 2018)

Boris Johnson: I have been closely following the situation in Tunisia. I am of course concerned at the reports of violence and looting that occurred at some protests last week. But the vast majority of protesters, thousands of ordinary Tunisians, demonstrated peacefully, including on the anniversary of the country’s 2011 revolution, on 14 January. Addressing the issues underlying the Tunisian...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Tunisia: Protest (18 Jan 2018)

Boris Johnson: The Tunisian Ministry of Interior has stated that several hundred people were arrested for instances of violence and looting of property during the protests, and that many of these people have since been released. The right to peaceful protest is enshrined in the Tunisian Constitution and, where arrests have been made, we encourage Tunisia to ensure that the response by security forces is...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Tunisia: Protest (18 Jan 2018)

Boris Johnson: I am aware of reports that some journalists covering the protests there were questioned by police. I am concerned by such reports since ensuring freedom of the press is vital, especially for a young democracy like Tunisia.

Written Ministerial Statements — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: UK National Action Plan On Women, Peace And Security 2018-2022 (16 Jan 2018)

Boris Johnson: Today marks the publication of the UK’s fourth National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security (2018-2022) by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the Department for International Development and the Ministry of Defence, with support from the Stabilisation Unit. The National Action Plan (NAP) is the UK Government’s five-year strategy that captures how we will meet our Women,...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Illegal Wildlife Trade (9 Jan 2018)

Boris Johnson: Tackling the illegal wildlife trade is a massive priority for this Government. To that end, we will host a high-level conference in London this October to drive further progress. I can assure the House that the Government raise the issue of illegal wildlife trade consistently at all levels with our friends and partners around the world.

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Illegal Wildlife Trade (9 Jan 2018)

Boris Johnson: I am grateful for that question, because the UK Government have been a leader for many years now in calling for an end to the illegal trade in ivory, which not only does so much damage to the elephant population but encourages criminality of all kinds across the African continent. I am proud to say that this Government are currently consulting, as my hon. Friend will know, on an all-out ivory...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Illegal Wildlife Trade (9 Jan 2018)

Boris Johnson: I indeed commend the excellent journalism of that publication—at least in this respect—in highlighting what is taking place in respect of tiger farming in Laos, which is an abominable trade that all right-thinking people across the House would condemn. The UK Government not only call on the Government of Laos to stop this appalling trade, but stand ready to give any support and...


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