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Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Sudan (1 Jul 2014)

Mark Simmonds: We regularly raise our concerns with the Government of Sudan about religious persecutions and the need to respect freedom of religion or belief for all its citizens. My officials have recently made representations to the Foreign Minister, urging the Government to respect the right to freedom of religion or belief including one’s right to follow the religion or belief of choice. This right...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Armed Conflict: Children (30 Jun 2014)

Mark Simmonds: Children and Armed Conflict (CAAC) is an important personal priority. I am leading a campaign to prevent the recruitment of child soldiers and to protect children from becoming victims of sexual violence in five priority countries: Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Somalia, South Sudan, Chad and Burma. Over the last two years, I have raised this issue with counterparts in Chad, Sierra Leone...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Meriam Ibrahim (30 Jun 2014)

Mark Simmonds: Meriam Ibrahim and her family were released on police bail on 26 June following their detention at Khartoum International airport on 24 June. We understand that she and her family are currently staying at the US embassy. We will remain closely engaged in this case and continue to call on the Government of Sudan to abide by its international obligations to uphold an individual's right to...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Mining: Human Rights (30 Jun 2014)

Mark Simmonds: In the last two years, UK-headquartered companies Tullow Oil and Premier Oil have joined the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights. An application from another company based in the UK is currently under consideration by the Steering Committee of the Voluntary Principles Initiative.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Mining: Human Rights (30 Jun 2014)

Mark Simmonds: I have met the following companies to discuss the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights—Anglo American, BG Group, BP, Dana Petroleum, Dominion Energy, Ophir Energy, Perenco, Premier Oil, Rio Tinto, Shell, Soma Oil and Gas, Stellar Diamonds and Tullow Oil.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: British Indian Ocean Territory (26 Jun 2014)

Mark Simmonds: In my answer in the House on 17 June I spoke about the key factors that the Government will consider in coming to a policy decision on resettlement of the Territory: value for the UK taxpayer, long-term contingent liabilities, and defence requirements of Diego Garcia to the UK and our allies. This consideration will clearly be driven by the report on the feasibility of resettlement by the...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Sudan (25 Jun 2014)

Mark Simmonds: I am appalled at the death sentence given to Meriam Ibrahim, and her continued imprisonment. Immediately following her trial, I issued a statement describing her conviction as barbaric and calling upon the Government of Sudan to respect the right to freedom of religion and international human rights laws as enshrined in its own constitution. The chargé d’affaires of the Sudanese embassy in...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Sudan (25 Jun 2014)

Mark Simmonds: Meriam Ibrahim was released on 23 June, which we strongly welcomed. She has subsequently been detained again by the Sudanese authorities. Together with our international partners we are urgently seeking clarity on the precise details of her re-arrest and to seek her immediate release. Before her short release, the Prime Minister, the Secretary of State for International Development, my right...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Sudan (25 Jun 2014)

Mark Simmonds: We have repeatedly raised our concerns about this appalling case with the Government of Sudan. The Prime Minister, the Secretary of State for International Development, and I all issued statements calling for Meriam Ibrahim to be released immediately. We also raised our concerns directly with the Government of Sudan: I highlighted this case in a letter to Presidential Assistant Professor...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Central African Republic (24 Jun 2014)

Mark Simmonds: We are working closely with partners to support UN planning for MINUSCA’s deployment as mandated on 15 September, ready to assume immediate responsibility for the protection of civilians. We will continue to provide expertise and resources to ensure a well planned, phased approach that prioritises protection of civilians, and enables a smooth transition of responsibility for security from...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Central African Republic (24 Jun 2014)

Mark Simmonds: The UK remains extremely concerned about the grave humanitarian and security situation in the Central African Republic (CAR) and is working closely with international partners and CAR's Transitional Government to bring stability to CAR and ensure the delivery of humanitarian assistance. We welcome the announcement made by the African Union at the 10 to 13 June global summit to ending sexual...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Peacekeeping Operations (23 Jun 2014)

Mark Simmonds: 21 out of 51 peacekeeping missions established since 1990 did not include a human rights mandate to monitor and intervene. Of these 21, only the Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO) is still in operation. Human rights mandates or components in peacekeeping missions vary depending on the context, and are common in newer peacekeeping missions. The UK Government have supported...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: South Asia (23 Jun 2014)

Mark Simmonds: The Conflict Pool is part of an HMT settlement which is distinct from departmental budgets. It is tri-departmentally managed by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Ministry of Defence, and the Department for International Development. In financial year 2013-14, the South Asia allocation was £20 million. In the two preceding years, it was £15.5 million per annum. The allocation for this...

Business of the House: Backbench Business — [Unallotted day] — The UK’s Relationship with Africa (19 Jun 2014)

Mark Simmonds: I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Rochford and Southend East (James Duddridge), and the hon. Members for York Central (Hugh Bayley) and for Cheltenham (Martin Horwood), on securing this important debate on the UK’s relationship with Africa. All hon. Members who have spoken have done so with a huge amount of knowledge and passion, setting out the UK’s modern approach to its...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Democratic Republic of Congo (18 Jun 2014)

Mark Simmonds: I welcome efforts in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to prosecute perpetrators on charges of mass rape and murder—but more must be done to deliver justice for the victims. I met the Defence Minister and Deputy Prime Minister of the DRC in London last week when he was attending the global summit on ending sexual violence in conflict. I emphasised to him that ending impunity was...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: South Sudan (18 Jun 2014)

Mark Simmonds: The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) summit on 10 June saw President Salva Kir and Riek Machar recommit to their earlier cessation of hostilities agreement, and agree to “expedite and complete dialogue on the formation of a transitional government of national unity within 60 days”. This is an important step in the peace process. Both leaders must continue to respect the...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Sudan (18 Jun 2014)

Mark Simmonds: Through our embassy in Khartoum, the UK has been co-ordinating international efforts, including EU, Troika and others, to secure the release of Meriam Ibrahim from prison. We are also working with EU partners in Brussels to ensure an effective EU response. My ministerial colleagues and I will continue to lobby forcefully, bilaterally and with other partners, for Meriam’s release.

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Nigeria (17 Jun 2014)

Mark Simmonds: The British Government fully support the efforts to combat terrorism in Nigeria. On 12 June, my right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary chaired a meeting with regional Foreign Ministers and representatives from the US, France and others to strengthen the international response. A package of measures was announced to support building peace and security in Nigeria.

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Nigeria (17 Jun 2014)

Mark Simmonds: The hon. Gentleman raises an excellent point and I can confirm that the announcements we made after the meeting chaired by my right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary last Thursday specified offering direct tactical training and advice to the Nigerian and regional forces and strengthening the Nigerian Government’s capacity to deliver a co-ordinated and effective response, including support...


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