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Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Burundi (16 Jun 2014)

Mark Simmonds: We monitor human rights in Burundi closely. When I visited Burundi in April, I lobbied President Nkurunziza about the importance of respecting human and democratic rights. On 29 May 2014 I tweeted our concern about the detention of Pierre Claver Mbonimpa, Burundi’s most active human rights defender. My officials are following this case closely. In recent years, my officials at the high...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Central Africa (16 Jun 2014)

Mark Simmonds: The preventing sexual violence in conflict initiative (PSVI) is a Foreign and Commonwealth Office priority. In the Great Lakes region, PSVI focuses on the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), where the problem of sexual violence in conflict is most acute. The DRC was a focus country for the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict that took place in London on 10 to 13 June 2014. At...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Democratic Republic of Congo (16 Jun 2014)

Mark Simmonds: Decades of conflict and a lack of accountability and transparency have left the country unstable, lacking infrastructure and social services, and falling well short of its economic potential. Weak governance in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) also presents many challenges. But after the surrender of the armed group M23 late last year, and recent indications that elements of the FDLR...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: South Sudan (16 Jun 2014)

Mark Simmonds: The Governments of both Sudan and South Sudan have now granted the necessary clearances for the transfer of a Rwandan battalion from the UN-Africa Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) to UNMISS. We understand that that battalion has now arrived in South Sudan. We have made it clear to the Governments of both Sudan and South Sudan that any actions that impede UNMISS in the delivery of its mandate...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: South Sudan (16 Jun 2014)

Mark Simmonds: As a permanent member of the Security Council, the UK is a leading advocate of ensuring that protection of civilians from violence is prioritised in the mandates of UN Missions working in conflict-affected countries. UN Security Council Resolution 2155 of 27 May 2014, which renewed UNMISS’s mandate (and which the UK fully supported), demonstrates that, including through requiring UNMISS...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Sudan (16 Jun 2014)

Mark Simmonds: The President of Sudan is indicted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) for war crimes and has refused to co-operate. In common with other EU countries, we have a policy of having no contact with fugitives from the ICC unless it is essential. However, we have raised Meriam's conviction in the strongest terms with Sudanese Ministers, including by summoning the Chargé d’Affaires to the...

Written Ministerial Statements — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: South Sudan (11 Jun 2014)

Mark Simmonds: I wish to update the House on the situation in South Sudan and UK efforts to help resolve the conflict. We remain deeply concerned about the security situation and growing humanitarian crisis in South Sudan. The agreement reached by the parties on 9 May seeks to end months of fighting, in which atrocities have been committed by both sides. Although the fighting on the ground has diminished,...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Armed Conflict: Sexual Offences (11 Jun 2014)

Mark Simmonds: The Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict will turn the political commitments made in the Declaration of Commitment to End Sexual Violence in Conflict into practical action and bring real change to those affected by this crime. We have consulted widely with experts, practitioners and international partners since the launch of the Preventing Sexual Violence initiative in 2012,...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Sudan (11 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 or belief and international human rights laws as enshrined in its own constitution. The chargé d’affaires of the Sudanese...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: West Africa (11 Jun 2014)

Mark Simmonds: We continue to monitor the ebola outbreak in west Africa closely. As of 6 June there had been over 220 confirmed cases in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. International health agencies are providing support to affected countries. There is no specific vaccine or anti-viral drug available, so the priority is to contain the outbreak by limiting human-to-human transmission by early...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Armed Conflict: Children (10 Jun 2014)

Mark Simmonds: The Foreign and Commonwealth Office provides funding of £150,000 over three years (January 2013-December 2015) to the Office of the UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) for Children and Armed Conflict. These funds strengthen the UN SRSG's capacity to monitor violations committed against children in situations of concern, in line with UNSC Resolutions 1612, 1882, 1998 on...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Ascension Island (10 Jun 2014)

Mark Simmonds: The Ascension Island Government are legally responsible for administering the marine fishery in the 200 nautical mile Exclusive Fishing Zone centred on the island. No assessment of living conditions and labour standards on commercial vessels carrying out licensed long-line fishing, or otherwise, in the waters of Ascension Island from 2010 to 2013 has been carried out. The primary...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Ascension Island (10 Jun 2014)

Mark Simmonds: The Ascension Island Government are legally responsible for administering the marine fishery in the 200 nautical mile Exclusive Fishing Zone centred on the Island. There is no condition placed in the licences issued by the Ascension Island Government from 2010 to 2013 relating to slave labour. The primary responsibility for the setting and enforcement of standards on such matters lies with...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Brazil (10 Jun 2014)

Mark Simmonds: During the World Cup, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office will have a comprehensive consular plan in place to assist any British nationals that require our assistance. This includes a consular operations centre in Rio de Janeiro on the day preceding, the day of and the day following all England games, a dedicated consular telephone number (which has been advertised on our travel advice and in...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Central African Republic (10 Jun 2014)

Mark Simmonds: Reports from the Central African Republic (CAR), including those of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), show that the country remains beset by violence and instability. We welcome the vital ongoing work of African Union, French and EU security forces, without whom the situation would likely be far worse. The UK will continue to work with the UN to ensure the...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Diego Garcia (10 Jun 2014)

Mark Simmonds: It is not clear what if any damage has been caused by the discharges by US vessels in the Diego Garcia lagoon, and the Government look forward to the conclusions of a joint UK-US study of the lagoon water and its coral which will conclude this summer. The US have already committed to spending several million dollars over 2014-16 to ensure that they comply with our no-discharge policy.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Diego Garcia (10 Jun 2014)

Mark Simmonds: The joint UK-US study of the lagoon water and its coral, which began in January 2014, is well under way and due to conclude this summer, as planned.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Eritrea (10 Jun 2014)

Mark Simmonds: We remain deeply concerned at the continued arbitrary detention of political prisoners in Eritrea, including some detained without trial since September 2001. Our ambassador in Asmara and EU counterparts regularly raise this with the Eritrean Government, calling for their release. I have raised human rights issues with the Foreign Minister and, most recently, FCO officials raised the issue...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Nigeria (10 Jun 2014)

Mark Simmonds: The Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs discussed the abduction of the schoolgirls with FM Wali on 18 April, and attended a Summit in Paris on 17 May with the Nigerian President, which was specially convened to discuss this issue. I discussed the abduction with President Jonathan and Defence Minister Gusau during my visit to Nigeria on 14 May. During that visit we...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Nigeria (10 Jun 2014)

Mark Simmonds: The UK is working with the US, France, Nigeria, its neighbours and international partners to provide advice and assistance to the Nigerian Government to help them secure the safe release of the schoolgirls and defeat Boko Haram. Our Sentinel aircraft, as part of a number of allied surveillance assets, continues to conduct over-flights of Nigeria and a team of UK experts is working alongside...


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