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Written Answers — Department for International Development: Developing Countries: Education (24 Jul 2018)

Harriett Baldwin: The UK is reviewing the proposal for the International Finance Facility for Education. We will set out our policy towards the Facility, including the potential provision of financial guarantees, once the technical design work has been concluded. The World Bank, on whose support the Facility depends, have agreed to reach a view on the Facility ahead of UNGA.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Darfur: UN Security Council (23 Jul 2018)

Harriett Baldwin: We welcome the Security Council's unanimous adoption of UK-drafted Resolution 2429 on 13 July which extended the UN/AU Mission in Darfur (UNAMID)'s mandate for a further year. As pen-holder for UNAMID in the Security Council, the UK engaged in extensive negotiations to secure an appropriate mandate for UNAMID in light of the evolving context in Darfur, including leading a visit to Darfur in...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Eritrea: Diplomatic Relations (23 Jul 2018)

Harriett Baldwin: The UK already enjoys an active diplomatic relationship with Eritrea and Ethiopia, with busy Embassies in both countries.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Cameroon: Armed Forces (23 Jul 2018)

Harriett Baldwin: The footage broadcast by British media on 17 July was shocking. I welcome President Biya's decision to open an urgent investigation. Any member of the Cameroonian security forces found to have been involved in human rights violations must be held accountable. There is no justification for such appalling acts. The UK's position on human rights is clear: they are universal and must apply...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Cameroon: Armed Forces (23 Jul 2018)

Harriett Baldwin: Senior officials regularly discuss the situation in Cameroon with their P3 counterparts. The British Government is absolutely clear that human rights are universal and must apply equally to all, and that all allegations of abuse must be investigated. It is also an irrefutable fact that respect for human rights is a crucial part of countering extremism, regardless of the security situation,...

Written Answers — Department for International Development: Trade Agreements: Africa (23 Jul 2018)

Harriett Baldwin: We welcome African efforts to develop an African Continental Free Trade Agreement. As we leave the EU, we are seeking to replicate the effects of the EU’s Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs), which are development-focused trade deals with developing countries. We also intend to allow many non-EPA developing countries to continue to benefit from tariff-free or reduced tariff access to...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Cameroon: Human Rights (18 Jul 2018)

Harriett Baldwin: I met the Cameroonian Commonwealth Minister Mbayu and the then Foreign Secretary met Prime Minister Yang at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in April. We both pressed for action to resolve the ongoing dispute in the Anglophone regions and for adherence to core Commonwealth values and principles, including tolerance, respect and understanding. The UK ensured that the European Union...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Sudan: Religious Freedom (17 Jul 2018)

Harriett Baldwin: Sudan remains a Human Rights Priority Country for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), and we are deeply concerned about infringements and restrictions on freedom of religion or belief. We regularly raise these concerns with the Government of Sudan at the highest levels. Most recently, the British Ambassador did so with Vice President Hassabo Mohammed Abdulrahman on 17 June. Freedom of...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: UN Mission in Darfur: Finance (17 Jul 2018)

Harriett Baldwin: The United Nations General Assembly recently agreed a six months budget for the period 1 July 2018 to 31 December 2018 of $385.7 million for the African Union/UN Mission in Darfur (UNAMID). The UK continues to fully support the Mission and to play an active role in ensuring it is adequately resourced to implement its mandate. This includes acting as penholder for UNAMID in the UN Security Council.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Sudan: Human Trafficking (17 Jul 2018)

Harriett Baldwin: The UK supports the Regional Operation Centre of Khartoum (ROCK) as part of joint efforts to tackle organised immigration crime in the region. The ROCK is implemented by Civipol and funded by the EU Emergency Trust Fund for Africa, to which the UK contributes. Our officials at the British Embassy in Khartoum are working closely with the EU Delegation to ensure risks are acknowledged and...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: South Sudan: Peace Negotiations (17 Jul 2018)

Harriett Baldwin: The UK welcomed the signing on 27 June of the Khartoum Declaration by the parties to the conflict, and the renewed commitment to a permanent ceasefire. We are urging the parties to engage meaningfully with talks as they continue in the region and welcome the vital role regional actors are playing in pursuit of peace. Both the region and the parties to the conflict must ensure that the new...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Nigeria: Violence (17 Jul 2018)

Harriett Baldwin: We are deeply concerned by the escalating ‎inter-communal violence in Nigeria and the devastating impact which this has had on affected communities including heavy loss of life. We have raised our concerns at Federal, State and Local government level, as well as with traditional leaders, civil society organisations and faith leaders. We continue to call for a solution that meets the...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Nigeria: Violence (17 Jul 2018)

Harriett Baldwin: We are deeply concerned about the escalating inter-communal violence in Nigeria and at the resulting loss of life. We have raised our concerns with the Federal and local government and with representatives of affected communities, including traditional and faith leaders. We do not have information about the weapons used in recent attacks or how they were obtained. We welcome President...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: South Sudan: Corruption (17 Jul 2018)

Harriett Baldwin: The UK continues to urge the parties to the conflict to engage meaningfully with ongoing peace talks, led by the region, in order to address the outstanding crucial governance and political reform issues that remain. In addition we are urging the parties to focus on negotiating inclusive and transparent governance arrangements - without this, there can be no sustainable peace in South Sudan....

Written Answers — Department for International Development: Sudan: Politics and Government (17 Jul 2018)

Harriett Baldwin: Sudan faces a number of economic challenges. While US economic sanctions were lifted in late 2017, Sudan remains a challenging place to do business. The economic situation has been exacerbated by a shortage of foreign exchange which has resulted in fuel shortages. Sudan is still unable to access international financial assistance, in part due to its arrears to the International Monetary Fund...

Written Answers — Department for International Development: South Sudan: Females (17 Jul 2018)

Harriett Baldwin: Ongoing conflict in South Sudan has been characterised by appalling levels of sexual and gender based violence (SGBV), including the pervasive use of rape as a weapon or war. In addition to conflict, underlying social practices such as intimate partner violence, and child and forced marriage, also continue to have a severe impact on South Sudan’s women and girls. According to a recent...

Written Answers — Department for International Development: Nigeria: Violence (17 Jul 2018)

Harriett Baldwin: We are deeply concerned by the suffering caused by ‎inter-communal violence between farmers and herders in Nigeria, with several serious clashes in recent weeks. We have raised our concerns over the violence at Federal, State and Local government level, as well as with religious leaders and advocacy groups. We continue to call for a solution that meets the needs of all the communities...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Embassies: Members (16 Jul 2018)

Harriett Baldwin: ​We offer a dedicated hotline for MPs and their staff who have consular enquiries regarding the welfare of individual constituents. Calls to this hotline are picked up by an in-house Consular Contact Centre, who offer 24/7/365 assistance. These calls are immediately escalated to the appropriate consular team in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Sudan: Peace Negotiations (16 Jul 2018)

Harriett Baldwin: Supporting the peace process is one of the key objectives of the UK’s policy in Sudan. Our Ambassador in Khartoum, Special Envoy based in London and colleagues across the region are actively engaging all sides – Government, opposition and civil society – to make progress towards a lasting peace. As well as political engagement, we provide financial support the African Union...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Nigeria: Conflict Prevention (16 Jul 2018)

Harriett Baldwin: Officials have discussed this issue with US, French, German and other EU colleagues who share the British Government's deep concern. We continue to raise this issue with the Nigerian Federal and State Government and to call on them to bring the perpetrators of violence to justice and to develop solutions which meet the needs of all communities to prevent further violence.


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