Results 121–140 of 2083 for speaker:Lord Malloch-Brown

Written Answers — House of Lords: Zimbabwe (3 Jun 2009)

Lord Malloch-Brown: Through its global political agreement (GPA), the inclusive government have committed themselves to a package of reforms that will restore security and welfare to Zimbabwe's people and promote respect for human rights and the rule of law. Several aspects of the GPA remain to be implemented. We will support the Government in their continuing efforts to achieve these reforms, offering any...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Ascension Island (2 Jun 2009)

Lord Malloch-Brown: In 2003, the Governments of the UK and US entered into a bilateral agreement (the Wideawake agreement) that allows up to four movements (take off or landing) to be made by civil aircraft not engaged in scheduled international air services at the US Wideawake airfield on Ascension Island in any one week. Each movement must be approved by the administrator on Ascension Island. The Governments...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Cyprus (2 Jun 2009)

Lord Malloch-Brown: A meeting on Cyprus took place in 10 Downing Street on 29 April 2009. My right honourable friends the Prime Minister and the Minister for Europe, Caroline Flint, met five Turkish Cypriots, including representatives from women's groups, London Turkish Radio, and political parties such as the Labour Party, Cumhuriyetci Turk Partisi (CTP) and Toplumcu Demokrasi Partisi (TDP). The aim was to...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Deen International (2 Jun 2009)

Lord Malloch-Brown: Independent monitoring and evaluation is being conducted by the University of Islamabad, which will produce a report assessing the effectiveness of the campaign. Additional evaluation reports have been commissioned by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) in Islamabad and London. The combined findings will inform the FCO on the effectiveness of the campaign and be taken into account when...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Deen International (2 Jun 2009)

Lord Malloch-Brown: The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has provided the following funding to Deen International over the past five years: financial Years 2005 to 2007: no funding; financial Year 2007 to 2008: £61,875; financial Year 2008 to 2009: £597,562; and financial Year 2009 to 2010: no funding to date No additional funding has been provided by agencies or non-departmental public bodies associated...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Diplomatic Recognition (2 Jun 2009)

Lord Malloch-Brown: The general criteria that we apply for recognition of an independent state remain as described in the Written Answer dated 16 November 1989 ( Official Report, col. 494) by the then Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs.

Written Answers — House of Lords: EU: External Tariff (2 Jun 2009)

Lord Malloch-Brown: The World Trade Organisation (WTO) estimates that the EU's simple average applied external tariff in 2007 was 5.2 per cent. On a trade weighted basis, the WTO estimates that the EU's average applied tariff was 3.0 per cent in 2006. This does not include any trade preferences given through free trade agreements and the EU's generalised system of preferences.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Northern Cyprus (2 Jun 2009)

Lord Malloch-Brown: There has been one case of which we are aware. In January 2009, the Turkish Cypriot authorities deported Gary Robb from north Cyprus and put him on a flight to the UK via Turkey. This was their independent decision, on which we are not qualified to comment. However, we applaud the determination of the Turkish Cypriots to ensure that the northern part of the island is not a haven for fugitives...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Northern Cyprus (2 Jun 2009)

Lord Malloch-Brown: As we do not recognise the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, there is no mutual legal assistance treaty in place. Therefore, no formal request for assistance has ever been made. However, in the interests of justice, we maintain close contact with the Turkish Cypriots on organised crime issues.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Northern Cyprus (2 Jun 2009)

Lord Malloch-Brown: The UK does not recognise the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus. No formal relationship therefore exists in respect of anti-criminal and anti-terrorist operations. However, the UK maintains a constructive dialogue with Turkish Cypriots on many issues of immediate concern. We welcome their recent efforts to combat international organised crime, including the adoption of stronger anti-money...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Southern African Development Community (2 Jun 2009)

Lord Malloch-Brown: British missions in Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries closely follow developments in their respective countries, including on land reform, through contact with relevant government ministries and representatives from the farming industry. SADC Governments, bar Zimbabwe, have expressed their commitment to land reform policies based on a "willing seller, willing buyer"...

Human Rights: Women — Question (1 Jun 2009)

Lord Malloch-Brown: My Lords, the protection and promotion of women's human rights form an important part of the Government's objectives on conflict. Specifically, improving our ability to tackle the long-term and structural causes of conflict, which include human rights abuses, is part of the FCO's strategic objective to prevent and resolve conflict.

Human Rights: Women — Question (1 Jun 2009)

Lord Malloch-Brown: My Lords, I am very happy to reassure my noble friend on both points. On the first, when the circumstances of this law and its prospective status were discovered, not just our Prime Minister and Foreign Secretary but the United States President and Secretary of State surprised President Karzai by making calls to him within the space of a few hours expressing outrage. Everyone respects the...

Human Rights: Women — Question (1 Jun 2009)

Lord Malloch-Brown: My Lords, UN Security Council Resolution 1820 of 2008, of which the UK Government were a sponsor, has this as its specific target and is supported by action plans and direct pressure on the UN to move in this direction in countries where this issue is particularly acute such as the Democratic Republic of the Congo. However, I hesitate to give the noble Baroness a date at which these practices...

Human Rights: Women — Question (1 Jun 2009)

Lord Malloch-Brown: My Lords, the UN Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, and I spent a huge portion of our last month in office trying to implement exactly that recommendation and to create a single women's entity under the leadership of an under secretary-general. It is a depressing commentary on the speed or slowness of reform at the UN that we are still hoping to get it done, but perhaps not until the forthcoming...

Human Rights: Women — Question (1 Jun 2009)

Lord Malloch-Brown: My Lords, to the general point that the noble Lord makes, that we should not be seeking to micromanage the social and governmental practices of Muslim countries, I completely confirm my agreement with him. I acknowledged that in my first Answer. However, I added that I believe there are certain universal human rights, such as the rights of women. If we are to commit our men and women to...

Human Rights: Women — Question (1 Jun 2009)

Lord Malloch-Brown: My Lords, as my noble friend knows, because the policy dates back to when she was in government, we seek to oppose the death sentence everywhere in all circumstances and have been fighting through the UN General Assembly and elsewhere to try to build up a universal ban. We have a long way to go, but I certainly agree with her that on this particular issue we must make additional efforts....

Human Rights: Women — Question (1 Jun 2009)

Lord Malloch-Brown: My Lords, in the case of conflict and the aftermath of a disease such as HIV/AIDS, time after time we see issues whereby widows and women heading single-parent families do not have the basic legal protection that allows them to find a job, pay for a house or establish the family as an economically viable entity, let alone have the social respect they deserve.

Human Rights: Women — Question (1 Jun 2009)

Lord Malloch-Brown: My Lords, let me absolutely say yes to that. It was my experience at the UN that there were more women in senior places there than, I am afraid, I found when returning to the United Kingdom.


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