Results 1–20 of 272 for speaker:Baroness Helic

Afghanistan: Women and Girls - Question (7 Sep 2021)

Baroness Helic: My Lords, as the Taliban consolidate their power, we see them making promises to western media and western Governments. Considering that the civic space in Afghanistan has been shut down, that journalists, reporters and NGOs have dispersed, and that 36 million live in Afghanistan, many of whom are women, does the Minister agree with me that an international UN-mandated mechanism must be...

Afghanistan - Motion to Take Note (18 Aug 2021)

Baroness Helic: My Lords, I start by paying tribute to all those who served in Afghanistan, those who lost their lives and those who were injured. I agree that this is a disaster. The coalition’s withdrawal has created a long-term problem: a major humanitarian crisis with no end in sight and an ongoing risk of Afghanistan once again becoming a terrorists’ safe haven. I welcome the decision to receive...

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Coronavirus: Vaccination (2 Aug 2021)

Baroness Helic: To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the efficacy of the (1) Sinovac, and (2) Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccines.

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Coronavirus: Vaccination (29 Jul 2021)

Baroness Helic: To ask Her Majesty's Government what funding the UK has provided to COVAX; and what proportion of this is expected to be spent on (1) Sinovac, and (2) Sinopharm vaccines.

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Coronavirus: Vaccination (29 Jul 2021)

Baroness Helic: To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the (1) World Health Organisation, (2) Gavi, and (3) COVAX, regarding the (a) Sinovac, and (b) Sinopharm, vaccines and their efficacy.

Chinese Products and Companies: Human Rights Violations - Question (20 Jul 2021)

Baroness Helic: My Lords, what steps are Her Majesty’s Government taking to follow the example of Japan and the United States and encourage our companies to relocate key supply chains out of China and, where possible, back to the United Kingdom?

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Ethiopia: Sexual Offences (20 Jul 2021)

Baroness Helic: To ask Her Majesty's Government how many UK experts have been deployed to Ethiopia to advise on the safe collection and preservation of evidence relating to sexual violence.

Global Education Summit - Question (14 Jul 2021)

Baroness Helic: My Lords, the UK has secured—within the G7 communiqué, at least—$2.75 billion for the GPE. Will the UK Government consider expanding their pledge to encourage other countries to do the same to ensure that we genuinely reach the $5 billion GPE target?

Afghan Interpreters: UK Relocation - Question (6 Jul 2021)

Baroness Helic: My Lords, it is absolutely right that we make provision for those who served alongside us, but we must not forget all the Afghan people who will continue to live in Afghanistan. The Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission, a highly respected body, is calling for a UN fact-finding mission to investigate the terror attacks and assassinations of the last 18 months, which have seen...

UK Foreign Aid Programme - Motion to Take Note (1 Jul 2021)

Baroness Helic: My Lords, I declare my interests as per the register. I shall focus on preventing violence against women, an area where the UK has done important work but where I fear we are now falling short. The aid cuts are compounding an already difficult situation in this area. I shall point to just three examples: in Malawi, a violence against women and girls prevention programme has been cancelled; in...

End-to-end Rape Review - Statement (22 Jun 2021)

Baroness Helic: My Lords, I welcome the review and the Government’s commitment on this issue. One of the current problems that rape victims face is severe court backlogs, which cause victims to withdraw before their case is completed. Section 28 would be a valuable tool in combating this problem. Allowing victims to pre-record evidence would help them to stay in the justice process as they could be...

Public Representatives: Online Abuse - Question (16 Jun 2021)

Baroness Helic: My Lords, five years on from the despicable murder of Jo Cox, the values by which she lived should continue to inspire us all. During the passage of the Domestic Abuse Bill, I witnessed the relentless online abuse to which some women—activists, academics and survivors of domestic abuse—who spoke out on the issue were subjected. Will the Government commit to working with politicians and...

Ethiopia - Commons Urgent Question (15 Jun 2021)

Baroness Helic: My Lords, yesterday in the other place the Minister for Africa stated: “a high level of sexual violence is being directed at children”—[ Official Report, Commons, 14/6/21; col. 41.] in Tigray. This comes on top of the report about barbaric gender-based violence unleashed against the Tigrayan population as a whole. Can my noble friend tell the House, eight months later, how many of the...

Libel and Defamation Cases: Cost to Public Funds - Question (14 Jun 2021)

Baroness Helic: My Lords, strategic lawsuits against public participation—SLAPPs—are lawsuits brought by powerful individuals or bodies to silence anyone who investigates or criticises them. Before her assassination, the late Daphne Anne Caruana Galizia faced 47 different legal actions trying to prevent her reporting on corruption, and countless legal threats, including some launched by English lawyers...

Overseas Development Assistance - Question (26 May 2021)

Baroness Helic: My Lords, I declare my interests as set out in the register. The Government position themselves as global leaders in combating gender-based violence but have repeatedly cut funding in this area and neglected proactive programmes such as the Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict Initiative. What funding allocation has been made to that initiative, and to the What Works to Prevent Violence...

Belarus: Roman Protasevich - Private Notice Question (25 May 2021)

Baroness Helic: My Lords, the outrageous kidnap and detention of Roman Protasevich and Sofia Sapega is the latest in a string of attacks by the Government of Belarus on anyone who is in a position to challenge or scrutinise them. What steps will Her Majesty’s Government take to protect the lives and safety of Belarusian journalists in a similar position? Will the Government consider providing temporary...

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Ethiopia: Overseas Aid and Overseas Trade (24 May 2021)

Baroness Helic: To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to reports of atrocities being committed in Tigray, what assessment they have made of (1) UK trade links with Ethiopia, and (2) UK aid funding to the government of Ethiopia.

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Tigray: Armed Conflict (24 May 2021)

Baroness Helic: To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Ethiopia about reports of sexual violence and other atrocities in Tigray.

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Tigray: Armed Conflict (24 May 2021)

Baroness Helic: To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to deploy members of the Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative Team of Experts to Ethiopia and Sudan in response to reports of sexual violence in Tigray; and if so, when any such deployment will commence.

Queen’s Speech - Debate (6th Day) (19 May 2021)

Baroness Helic: My Lords, the western Balkans is a microcosm of the challenges that we and our allies face globally and a significant test of our capacity to meet them. The current outlook is not good. I welcome the fact that the strategic review identified Russia as our “most acute direct threat” and China as a serious systemic challenger. But both countries are successfully developing their economic...


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