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Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Kuwait: Human Rights (22 Oct 2019)

Andrew Murrison: Human rights is a British foreign policy priority. The UK recognises Kuwait’s positive steps to improve democracy and human rights. However there remain areas of significant concern, including around freedom of expression. The UK continues to monitor the human rights conditions in Kuwait and discusses these matters with the Kuwaiti Government as appropriate.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Armed Conflict: Civilians (22 Oct 2019)

Andrew Murrison: ​The Joint Statement on Explosive Weapons in Populated Areas presented at last year's UN General Assembly First Committee was a standalone document specific to the 2018 First Committee; it cannot be supported retrospectively. ​

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Syria: Islamic State (22 Oct 2019)

Andrew Murrison: ​Our understanding is that Al Hol and Roj remain in control of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). The SDF, under pressure from the Turkish offensive, reached a military agreement with the Syrian regime on 13 October, resulting in the movement of regime forces into areas controlled by the SDF but to date the SDF maintains administrative control over these areas, including Al Hol and Roj. We...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Syria: British Nationals Abroad (22 Oct 2019)

Andrew Murrison: The UK has no consular presence within Syria from which to provide assistance. We will take a case-by-case approach to any requests for consular assistance. Our advice to any British national abroad who needs emergency help from the British Government is to contact the nearest British Embassy or Consulate, which in this case will be outside Syria. If a minor is unable to do so, a request can...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Bahrain: Prisoners (22 Oct 2019)

Andrew Murrison: The Prime Minister’s Special Envoy Freedom of Religion or Belief (FoRB), Rehman Chishti MP, visited Bahrain on 8-10 October, marking his first official trip in the role. Mr. Chrishti did not visit Bahraini prisons, although throughout his visit he did meet religious leaders and visited places of worship and meeting halls from different faiths represented in Bahrain, including the Shia...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Bahrain: Prisoners (22 Oct 2019)

Andrew Murrison: The Foreign and Commonwealth office continues to monitor events in Bahrain closely. We are aware of the case of Ali Al Hajee, including allegations of mistreatment in detention, and have raised the case at a senior level with the Government of Bahrain. We encourage those with concerns about treatment in detention to raise them with the appropriate Bahraini human rights oversight body. We...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Yemen: Conflict Resolution (22 Oct 2019)

Andrew Murrison: The UK is deeply concerned by the ongoing conflict and humanitarian crisis in Yemen. We fully support the peace process led by the UN Special Envoy, Martin Griffiths, and urge the parties to engage constructively with this process. On 26 September, the UK co-hosted a political event at the UN General Assembly to coordinate the international community’s support for the UN-led peace process...

Written Answers — Department for International Development: Developing Countries: Females (22 Oct 2019)

Andrew Murrison: The UK is an international leader on gender equality and promoting women’s and girls’ rights. Gender equality is a top development priority and priority for the UK. We will not achieve any of the Sustainable Development Goals while gender inequality persists. Gender equality is considered in the design of all of DFID’s programmes. Our support is delivering results at scale – between...

Written Answers — Department for International Development: Developing Countries: Female Genital Mutilation (22 Oct 2019)

Andrew Murrison: Today a girl is about one-third less likely to be cut than 30 years ago, but UNICEF estimates that at least 200 million girls and women alive today have undergone Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). The UK leads the world in our support to the Africa-led movement to end FGM. Since 2013, our programmes have enabled 8,000 communities, representing 24 million people, to pledge to abandon FGM, and...

Written Answers — Department for International Development: Sub-Saharan Africa: AIDS (22 Oct 2019)

Andrew Murrison: The UK remains a world leader in efforts to end new HIV infections and preventable AIDS-related deaths including through our major investment in the Global Fund which in 2018 helped protect over 700,000 babies from being infected by their mothers. We are now stepping up on efforts to end preventable deaths of mothers, new-born babies and children in the developing world by 2030. We work...

Written Answers — Department for International Development: International Conference on Population and Development: UK Delegations (22 Oct 2019)

Andrew Murrison: The Nairobi Summit is a critical global moment for sexual and reproductive health and rights in 2019 as it marks 25 years since the International Conference on Population and Development Programme of Action, and 50 years since the formation of United Nations Population Fund. The UK Government are planning for high level attendance at this important conference. We will take every opportunity...

Written Answers — Department for International Development: Developing Countries: Females (22 Oct 2019)

Andrew Murrison: The UK will raise the importance of adolescent sexual and reproductive health and rights as part of our engagements at the Nairobi ICPD+25 Summit. The UK committed at the 2017 Family Planning Summit to focus on adolescents in our sexual and reproductive health and rights programmes. We continue to amplify the needs of adolescent girls through our voice on the world stage. At the UN General...

Written Answers — Department for International Development: Developing Countries: Genito-urinary Medicine (22 Oct 2019)

Andrew Murrison: The UK government considers the private sector, both for-profit and not-for-profit, to be critical to the successful delivery of sexual and reproductive health programmes and outcomes in developing countries. DFID works with private manufacturers to develop new products such as contraceptives and HIV treatment, and to reduce their prices so that they are accessible. For example, a global...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Syria: Military Intervention (21 Oct 2019)

Andrew Murrison: As the Foreign Secretary has said, Turkey's military action has seriously undermined the stability and security of the region. We are deeply concerned about the humanitarian consequences, and the risk that this undermines the progress made in the fight against Daesh. The safety and security of the UK and its citizens is the Government's number one priority and we continue to monitor the...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Syria: Military Intervention (21 Oct 2019)

Andrew Murrison: ​The Government has been in close contact with the United States over the situation in north-east Syria. The Foreign Secretary has spoken to both Secretary of State Pompeo and National Security Adviser O'Brien on this issue. The Prime Minister and the Defence Secretary have also spoken to their US counterparts. We will continue to work closely with our international partners on this issue.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Syria: Military Intervention (21 Oct 2019)

Andrew Murrison: ​The UK has been consistently clear with Turkey on our opposition to its military action in north-east Syria. The Prime Minister spoke to President Erdogan on the 12 October and called on Turkey to end its military operation. The Defence Secretary and Foreign Secretary have also communicated these messages to their Turkish counterparts.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Anoosheh Ashoori (21 Oct 2019)

Andrew Murrison: The Prime Minister raised his concerns about dual national detentions with President Rouhani at the UN General Assembly on 24 September. Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon hosted an event at the UN General Assembly on 25 September to call out the failings of the Iranian judiciary in its handling of dual national cases.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Anoosheh Ashoori (21 Oct 2019)

Andrew Murrison: The Prime Minister raised his concerns about dual national detentions with President Rouhani on 24 September, the Foreign Secretary did so with Foreign Minister Zarif on 17 September and Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon hosted an event at the UN General Assembly on 25 September to call out the failings of the Iranian judiciary. I raised my concerns about these cases with my Iranian counterparts when I...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Anoosheh Ashoori (21 Oct 2019)

Andrew Murrison: Iran does not recognise dual nationality and therefore does not permit consular access to British-Iranian detainees. Regardless, we continue to press the Iranian authorities for consular access.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Syria: Turkey (21 Oct 2019)

Andrew Murrison: ​We are seriously concerned about reports of violations of International Humanitarian Law during the military offensive by Turkish forces and their Syrian allies. We have raised these concerns with the Government of Turkey and reiterated the importance of all sides abiding by their obligations under international law.


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