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UN: Durban Review Conference — Question (1 Jun 2009)

Lord Malloch-Brown: My Lords, the Government will continue to play a leading role in combating racism and anti-Semitism in all fora, including the United Nations. We welcome the strong stance taken by the UN Secretary-General and the High Commissioner for Human Rights in condemning the Iranian President's hateful words at the Durban review conference. We will always stand up to such intolerance and will continue...

UN: Durban Review Conference — Question (1 Jun 2009)

Lord Malloch-Brown: My Lords, I certainly echo the noble Lord's kind words about our ambassador in Geneva. While in some ways this was a bad day for UN human rights, it was a pretty good day for British diplomacy, as Britain was a leader not only of the walkout but of the walk-back to ensure that there was an agreement at the end of the meeting that was positive and which excluded the references to Israel that...

UN: Durban Review Conference — Question (1 Jun 2009)

Lord Malloch-Brown: My Lords, it is relief that the President of Iran occasionally says something sensible. However, I do not think that it has led us to any fundamental reassessment of his judgment on international affairs at large.

UN: Durban Review Conference — Question (1 Jun 2009)

Lord Malloch-Brown: My Lords, the UK was one of those who pushed very hard for the special meeting of the Human Rights Council. We were deeply disappointed by the unbalanced result. The issue mentioned by the noble Lord of the Tamil Tigers' terrorist past won the argument for many countries. It is an enormous pity that it could not balance this and, particularly, acknowledge fully that serious war crimes were...

UN: Durban Review Conference — Question (1 Jun 2009)

Lord Malloch-Brown: My Lords, the noble Lord makes a very important point. There is no doubt that, as Sri Lanka was debated in the corridors of the Human Rights Council last week, the back story was of double standards and the need for all countries, whatever their position on this, to show a universal approach across the situations that the noble Lord mentioned.

UN: Durban Review Conference — Question (1 Jun 2009)

Lord Malloch-Brown: My Lords, the noble Lord will understand if I tell him that, ultimately, whether delegations stay in their seats, or are prised from them and leave, is a matter for them, their consciences and their national policy. We were very pleased that we walked out, and that the rest of Europe walked out with us, but we felt that it was equally important to come back, because we must retain universal...

UN: Durban Review Conference — Question (1 Jun 2009)

Lord Malloch-Brown: My Lords, I notice that the noble Lord has already contributed to that process in a recent editorial piece. He is absolutely right: the Human Rights Council is performing well below our hopes, but I have to put it in the broader context of something of a global crisis in human rights. I am afraid to say that double standards and the shifting in power between the West and other parts of the...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Burma (1 Jun 2009)

Lord Malloch-Brown: Our ambassador in Rangoon has repeatedly raised the need for the release of all political prisoners in Burma with ministers in the military government. In the case of Yan Naung Thein, like many other prisoners, we are concerned that he is not in good health. Our embassy in Rangoon continues to inquire about specific cases with political prisoner support networks and those non-governmental...

Written Answers — House of Lords: China: Human Rights (1 Jun 2009)

Lord Malloch-Brown: We raised the case of Chen Guangcheng at the last round of the UK-China Human Rights Dialogue on 12 January 2009, together with the cases of other human rights defenders. Although the Chinese side failed to provide us with a satisfactory response, we are aware that it has since replied to you with a more recent letter with further information on the case. We had also raised this case at the...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Civil Service: Performance Pay (1 Jun 2009)

Lord Malloch-Brown: Non-consolidated performance related pay arrangements for staff in the Senior Civil Service/Senior Management Structure in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) follow a framework set centrally for Whitehall departments and based on the Government's response to the annual recommendations of the Senior Salaries Review Body. The total monetary value of non-consolidated, non-pensionable...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Civil Service: Performance Pay (1 Jun 2009)

Lord Malloch-Brown: The following amounts were paid in relation to performance related variable pay. 2008: £2,435,100 for performance in 2007-08 (8.6 per cent of senior pay bill).2007: £2,201,790 for performance in 2006-07 (7.6 per cent of senior pay bill).2006: £2,086,636 for performance in 2005-06 (6.5 per cent of senior pay bill).2005: £1,509,410 for performance in 2004-05 (5 per cent of senior pay bill)....

Written Answers — House of Lords: Colombia (1 Jun 2009)

Lord Malloch-Brown: Our embassy in Bogota will follow this case. The allegations made against Jorge Noguera are serious and we are encouraged that a high level investigation is being taken forward. We hope that the investigation and any judicial process will be taken forward impartially and in accordance with Colombian law.

Written Answers — House of Lords: De-militarisation (1 Jun 2009)

Lord Malloch-Brown: The Kurdish Workers Party (PKK) is a proscribed terrorist organisation in the UK, and we are not involved in discussions with it. However, we continue to discuss PKK terrorist activity with the Governments of Iraq, Turkey and the US as well as with the Kurdish Regional Government of Iraq (KRG). In this context the UK welcomes the tripartite mechanism set up between Iraq, Turkey and the US....

Written Answers — House of Lords: Democratic Republic of Congo (1 Jun 2009)

Lord Malloch-Brown: A recent visit of the UN Special Representative to the Secretary General on Children and Armed Conflict reported that in North Kivu there were 1,200 child soldiers. However, it is difficult to assess the accuracy of this figure or to find a reliable estimate regarding the overall number of child soldiers in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Last year new cases of recruitment of children...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Ethiopia (1 Jun 2009)

Lord Malloch-Brown: We have made no assessment of exactly how many journalists and aid workers have been expelled by the Government of Ethiopia from the Somali region of Ethiopia (the Ogaden) in the past two years or how many of them were British citizens. The International Committee for the Red Cross is the most notable organisation to be expelled from the Somalia region (July 2007). Even though it is still...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Hussar Ltd (1 Jun 2009)

Lord Malloch-Brown: The UN's Group of Experts on the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has investigated the activities of Hussar Ltd in the trade of gold from DRC. Its inquiries covered Hussar Ltd's relationship with Uganda Commercial Impex Ltd, a company now subject to UN sanctions. We concluded in 2006 that it would not be appropriate to impose sanctions on Hussar Ltd through the UN. We have no information to...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Iraq: Camp Ashraf (1 Jun 2009)

Lord Malloch-Brown: We are aware of the Amnesty International report of 20 April 2009 and the interview with the Iraqi National Security Adviser. We are continuing to urge the Government of Iraq to observe fully the human rights of the residents of Camp Ashraf and to find a humanitarian solution.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Israel (1 Jun 2009)

Lord Malloch-Brown: We are aware of the New York Times interview with Khalid Mish'al. We welcome Khalid Mish'al's professed commitment to being "part of the solution". However, we remain concerned about Hamas's refusal explicitly to renounce violence, recognise Israel, and indicate its adherence to previous agreements. Hamas must do this in order for the UK to be in a position to engage with it.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Israel and Palestine: David Foundation (1 Jun 2009)

Lord Malloch-Brown: We understand Ir David is a sub-group of the El-Aad foundation which specialises in encouraging Jewish settlement in east Jerusalem. Settlement expansion is illegal and clearly presents an obstruction to the peace process. The UK condemns such activity. We continue to urge the Israeli Government to freeze all settlement activity as set out in the road map agreement. My right honourable friend...

Written Answers — House of Lords: North Korea: Illegal Entry (1 Jun 2009)

Lord Malloch-Brown: The Government are concerned about the continued detention of Euna Lee and Laura Ling. Senior Foreign and Commonwealth Office officials raised the case with the North Korean ambassador on 23 April. Our ambassador in Pyongyang also raised it on 30 April 2009 in a meeting with the deputy director for European Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. We remain in close consultation with the...


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