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Iraq: Isis - Question (14 Jun 2016)

Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne: My Lords, it is mercifully unlikely that this particularly unsavoury episode actually took place. None the less, the Yazidi Spiritual Council reminded me yesterday that, as the Minister knows, the Yazidi faith is now the second largest in Iraq. It is a distant cousin of Christianity and extremely ancient. In order to try to stop the Yazidis being totally wiped out—this is the 72nd episode...

Queen’s Speech - Debate (2nd Day) (19 May 2016)

Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne: It is an honour to join your Lordships’ debate on the humble Address. My remarks will focus on culture, education and health, with special reference to children in UK schools. Like many of your Lordships, I was alarmed recently to see the latest NICE press release on standards in care, which focused on statistics published by YoungMinds recently on the mental health of children and young...

Immigration Bill — Report (3rd Day) (Continued) (21 Mar 2016)

Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne: In support of this amendment, I remind the House that Britain has been deficient in its treatment of our interpreters. I recall very well that, when the British forces withdrew from Basra in the mid-2000s and we closed, or partially closed, the British consulate—it is completely closed now—three men contacted me in despair and desperation. They were under huge threat, they had worked as...

Immigration Bill — Report (3rd Day) (Continued) (21 Mar 2016)

Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne: My Lords, I speak this evening in the name of those who would undoubtedly qualify under this extremely modest amendment, were your Lordships’ House see fit to pass it. I have in front of me some evidence in Reports, Resolutions, and Documents in Favor of a Declaration of Genocide by So-Called Isis, Isil, or Da’esh. It is a fairly hefty chunk of material, and I have to ask myself why we...

Armed Services: War Crimes - Question (1 Mar 2016)

Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne: Will the Minister allow, under the current military law, for some information to be given to the families of the military police who were killed in Karmat Ali, and which they have so far not received. I was in that city the day after the deaths and all the information is readily available. When will the ministry allow it to be released to the families concerned?

Middle East - Question for Short Debate (23 Feb 2016)

Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne: My Lords, developing relationships in the Middle East, as the noble Lord, Lord Grade, knows only too well, depends almost 100% on building relationships. I serve as trade envoy for Iraq, and in that context perhaps I may thank the Minister, the noble Lord, Lord Maude of Horsham, who is on the Government Front Bench for this debate, for his tremendous work in supporting all of us in the trade...

Sex-selective Abortion — Question (7 Dec 2015)

Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne: My Lords, while welcoming the appointment of the noble Baroness, Lady Verma, as the Minister with responsibility for women and children and for tackling violence against women and children overseas, given the prevalence of this abortion against female foetuses and the prevalence of FGM among certain girls under five, are the Government thinking of appointing a Minister for violence against...

Written Answers — Home Office: Forced Marriage (2 Dec 2015)

Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne: To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by Lord Bates on 25 November (HL Deb, col 691), whether they plan to introduce primary legislation in relation to extraterritorial jurisdiction when dealing with forced marriages; whether they will then fully ratify the Istanbul Convention; and if so, what is the expected timetable for doing so.

Syrian Refugees — Question for Short Debate (29 Oct 2015)

Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne: I thank the noble Lord, Lord Truscott, for giving us the opportunity to speak in this highly important debate. I also thank the noble Baroness, Lady Verma, for the extraordinary work that her department has been undertaking. In my remarks I will focus not on aid but on some of the other broader issues, so perhaps if the Minister cannot answer me without a departmental input immediately, she...

Iraq and Syria: Religious andCultural Heritage — Question (10 Sep 2015)

Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne: Is the Minister aware that the cultural heritage of the Federal Republic of Iraq contains a religion that is fast disappearing? What is she able to offer noble Lords from Her Majesty’s Government to save the heritage of the Yazidi faith, which is a living faith, not a dead faith like the one she is discussing? What is she going to do to save not just the Yazidi artefacts relating to their...

Commonwealth War Graves Commission — Question for Short Debate (22 Jun 2015)

Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne: My Lords, I speak as honorary Commonwealth war graves commissioner for the federal Republic of Iraq. I thank very much indeed the wonderful team at Maidenhead, where I worked particularly with John Nicholls. In the rather unprepossessing situation of the federal Republic of Iraq, already an entire cemetery at Basra has been almost 99% recovered. That is absolutely magnificent. Moving on to...

Soft Power and the UK’s Influence (Select Committee Report) — Motion to Take Note (10 Mar 2015)

Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne: My Lords, I thank the noble Lord, Lord Howell of Guildford, most profoundly for his magnificent chairmanship and his instigation of the Soft Power Committee, of which I had the honour to be a Member. It was a pleasure and privilege to work under the leadership of the noble Lord. He has served many major roles in different Governments of the United Kingdom and he brought them all together in a...

Humanitarian Aid: Tikrit — Question (10 Mar 2015)

Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne: Does the Minister agree that the security situation in Tikrit and the surrounding regions, getting close to Mosul, is one of outstanding difficulty in allowing either United Nations agencies or the international NGOs that DfID funds to work at all? I was in fact in that region last week, as the Minister may know. Will Her Majesty’s Government consider looking at the small, specialist...

Assisted Dying Bill [HL]: Committee (1st Day) (7 Nov 2014)

Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne: My Lords, I support Amendment 77, to which I have added my name. I am sure that many noble Lords will have had instances in which patients known to them, whom they are looking after or caring for in some way or another, have declared that, yes, they would want to commit suicide and would want help to do it. Then there is a gap. When the decision comes—when the decision is, “Do they...

Chilcot Inquiry — Question (3 Nov 2014)

Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne: Does the Minister agree that sometimes in these enormous investigations it might be wise to set a time limit with an understanding that there are some things that simply can never be found out?

Middle East and North Africa — Motion to Take Note (30 Oct 2014)

Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne: My Lords, I thank the noble Lord, Lord Risby, for giving us the opportunity to hold this important debate on one of the most troubled regions of the globe. I will focus on Iraq in my remarks. First, perhaps I may give noble Lords the good news, which is the business news. I have the honour to serve as the trade envoy to Iraq on behalf of the Prime Minister, and a secondary honorary position...

Isis — Question (15 Oct 2014)

Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne: I welcome the Foreign Secretary’s recent visit to Baghdad, but can the Minister disclose Her Majesty’s Government’s strategy towards the greater involvement of Turkey, which is, after all, fundamental to the security architecture of the region, of Europe and of the wider NATO circuit? What is happening in our relationship with Turkey? We are primus inter pares in our pressure for Turkey...

Universal Declaration of Human Rights — Motion to Take Note (24 Jul 2014)

Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne: Tolerance, respect for the other, care for the stranger without the gate: these are the core British values that are enshrined and honoured by our common rule of law. The careful wording of Article 18 meticulously reflects these values and encapsulates our worldwide common right to worship as we wish. If, as the noble Lord, Lord Alton, so powerfully proclaims, this right is under...

Israel and Palestine: Humanitarian Aid — Question (24 Jul 2014)

Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne: While welcoming the Minister’s answer, could I ask her how much of the aid—particularly the £30 million that the Government are giving to the Gaza Strip—is she confident is reaching the real beneficiaries and is not being diverted to other purposes?


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