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Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Eritrea: Religious Freedom (1 Apr 2021)

James Duddridge: The UK Government takes every opportunity to voice our concern about arbitrary arrests and detentions in Eritrea on the basis of religion or belief, and have called for release of such worshippers. We have done so directly with the Government of Eritrea and publicly - through our annual reporting on human rights and at the UN Human Rights Council. Most recently the UK raised Freedom of...

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Sudan: Religious Freedom (31 Mar 2021)

James Duddridge: We welcome the Government of Sudan's pledge to ensure that human rights and freedom of religion and belief are fully respected and commend progress, including legal reforms decriminalising apostasy, declaring Christmas a national holiday and lifting of public order laws that disproportionately affected Christian women. In addition we commend the reference to freedom of religion or belief as...

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Department for International Development: Chief Scientific Advisers (26 Mar 2021)

James Duddridge: Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) Ministers continually draw on science advice. Science is an integral component to the process of FCDO policy and programmatic decision-making, informed by the latest research and evidence, which is communicated to Ministers regularly largely through submissions, information notes and update paragraphs. The Chief Scientific Adviser also sits...

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Chief Scientific Advisers (26 Mar 2021)

James Duddridge: Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) Ministers continually draw on science advice. Science advice, and the use of evidence, is an integral component to the process of FCDO policy and programmatic decision-making. Scientific advice and the latest evidence is communicated to Ministers regularly, largely through submissions, information notes and update paragraphs, as well as in...

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Africa: Financial Services (25 Mar 2021)

James Duddridge: In 2019, the banks and other financial institutions supported by CDC lent $34 billion to businesses across Africa and South Asia. This economic activity supported the jobs of an estimated 1.88 million workers. CDC has trade finance facilities with Afrexim Bank ($100 million) and the Trade and Development Bank ($75 million). In addition, CDC has provided three loans to the Trade and...

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: CDC: Energy (25 Mar 2021)

James Duddridge: Information on CDC's portfolio, including new commitments made in 2020, will be made available following publication of its 2020 Annual Review and Annual Accounts in July 2021. CDC's latest Annual Review and Accounts, published in 2020, are available on its website - https://www.cdcgroup.com/en/annual-review-2019/.

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Research: Finance (24 Mar 2021)

James Duddridge: The Covid pandemic's economic impact has forced the government to take the difficult decision to temporarily reduce ODA to 0.5% of GNI. Despite this reduction, we will remain a world-leading ODA donor, spending around £10 billion on ODA in 2021-22. The Foreign Secretary has set out a strategic approach to ensure maximum impact for our aid spend for 2021-22, laying a Written Ministerial...

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Mozambique: Violence (24 Mar 2021)

James Duddridge: The UK is deeply concerned by the deteriorating security situation in northern Mozambique, and the increasing attacks by groups with links to Islamic extremism. We are supporting the Government of Mozambique to address the drivers of insecurity and violence and have provided £19m of humanitarian and development support to those displaced by the conflict. I [Minister Duddridge] spoke to...

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Mozambique: Homicide (23 Mar 2021)

James Duddridge: We are deeply concerned by reports of civilians being killed by a private military company in Mozambique, as documented in Amnesty International's report of 2 March. Lord (Tariq) Ahmad of Wimbledon spoke to Foreign Minister Macamo on 11 March when he stressed that human rights must be respected during counterterrorism efforts. I [Minister Duddridge] also spoke to Foreign Minister Macamo on 4...

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Mauritius: Dogs (23 Mar 2021)

James Duddridge: The mistreatment of any animal is to be deplored. The UK Government is committed to raising standards of animal welfare at home and abroad, and we believe that it is necessary to work with governments around the world to gain agreement to animal welfare standards. Our High Commissioner in Port Louis raised the issue of the treatment of stray and abandoned dogs recently with the Mauritian...

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Climate Change (23 Mar 2021)

James Duddridge: The Integrated Review which was launched on 16 March by the Prime Minister, states that in 2021 and beyond, Her Majesty's Government will make tackling climate change and biodiversity loss its number one international priority and the Foreign Secretary will take the necessary steps to deliver on this. The UK is working closely with international partners to assess and reduce the risk of...

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development: Public Appointments (19 Mar 2021)

James Duddridge: We do not normally publish details of private conversations with other world leaders beyond the existing public record.

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Tigray: Overseas Aid (19 Mar 2021)

James Duddridge: In response to the crisis in Tigray the UK has allocated £15.4m to humanitarian agencies. All funds have been disbursed to partners. We continue to work with the UN to promote and monitor access and the delivery of humanitarian support to all those who need it, including to civilians in contested areas. We do not think that civilians have sufficient access to that aid. I re-enforced the...

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Tigray: Overseas Aid (19 Mar 2021)

James Duddridge: In Tigray, our priority remains to support civilians affected by the conflict particularly the most vulnerable including women, children and the elderly. We are working with our partners to understand how aid is reaching those most in need and we continue to advocate for unhindered humanitarian access and the protection of civilians. In response to the crisis in Tigray the UK has allocated...

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Tigray: Armed Conflict (19 Mar 2021)

James Duddridge: We are concerned about the fighting in Tigray and have consistently urged all parties to avoid conflict spill-over into neighbouring regions, prioritise the protection of civilians and security and allow unfettered humanitarian access. We have, and will continue to advocate that a political process is essential to bring a full end to fighting and a sustainable settlement for Tigray. The...

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Tigray: Armed Conflict (19 Mar 2021)

James Duddridge: We are concerned about the fighting in Tigray and have consistently urged all parties to avoid conflict spill-over into neighbouring regions, prioritise the protection of civilians and security and allow unfettered humanitarian access. We have, and will continue to advocate that a political process is essential to bring a full end to fighting and a sustainable settlement for Tigray. The...

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Tigray: Humanitarian Aid (19 Mar 2021)

James Duddridge: The UK has been consistent in calling for free and unfettered humanitarian access to 4.5 million people in need. The Foreign Secretary raised the need for humanitarian access to Tigray with Prime Minister Abiy during his recent visit to Ethiopia and pressed for a political dialogue to bring lasting peace to the region. I re-enforced the urgency of the need for humanitarian access when I spoke...

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Tigray: Human Rights (19 Mar 2021)

James Duddridge: Over recent weeks multiple reports - including from Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and the Ethiopian Human Rights Commission - have begun to document the scale of abuses and violations in Tigray. Since the conflict started, the UK has consistently called for an end to fighting, and for all parties to the conflict to prioritise the protection of civilians. On 26 February I stated...

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Senegal: Politics and Government (18 Mar 2021)

James Duddridge: The UK Government was concerned by the recent unrest and violence in Senegal, including reports of protesters being killed following the arrest of opposition leader Ousmane Sonko. Our condolences go to the families of all those affected. The British Embassy in Dakar released a joint statement on 7 March 2021 alongside international partners, including the US, Canada and the EU. We expressed...

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Tigray: Internally Displaced People (18 Mar 2021)

James Duddridge: The conflict in Tigray has displaced hundreds of thousands of people, internally and externally, as well as adversely impacting upon those that were already in need of humanitarian assistance. The UK has been consistent in calling for free and unfettered humanitarian access to those people in need, now estimated at 4.5 million. The Foreign Secretary raised the need for humanitarian access to...


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