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Afghan Refugees - Commons Urgent Question (17 Apr 2024)

Baroness D'Souza: My Lords, I wonder if the noble Lord has any further information from the IOM or other sources about the refugees who are being deported by the Pakistan authorities? Are they, for instance, predominantly Shia? Are those who are being deported being sent back to their home ethnic areas? Are there any unaccompanied children among them that the Government know of?

Police: Joe Anderson - Question (15 Apr 2024)

Baroness D'Souza: My Lords, in view of the Minister’s repeated remarks, do I understand that he is saying that the Government have no role in influencing the police in their inquiries?

Genocide (Prevention and Response) Bill [HL] - Second Reading (22 Mar 2024)

Baroness D'Souza: My Lords, as we have heard, having ratified the UN convention against genocide, the UK has a treaty obligation to prevent genocide wherever and whenever it is threatened. However, too often this does not happen. It is worth while examining the reasons why and seeking answers. As it stands, this admirable Bill has only a faint chance of being adopted by the Government. Here, I pay tribute to...

Household Support Fund: Children’s Bed Poverty - Question (21 Mar 2024)

Baroness D'Souza: Despite the many different kinds of benefits that the Government provide, the evidence suggests that deep poverty remains stubbornly high, at 7% of the population. Does not this suggest that what is needed is a public health approach, whereby there is a co-ordinated strategy by central, national and local government, including business, civic society and communities to develop multi-year...

Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002 (Amendment of List of Safe States) Regulations 2024 - Motion to Approve: Amendment to the Motion (19 Mar 2024)

Baroness D'Souza: Is the Minister able to name the human rights organisation that has deemed the countries safe?

Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002 (Amendment of List of Safe States) Regulations 2024 - Motion to Approve: Amendment to the Motion (19 Mar 2024)

Baroness D'Souza: My Lords, India is indeed a safe country if you are a straight male Hindu citizen. It is far less safe if you happen to be female—women from religious and cultural minorities face the most gender-based violence—Muslim, Dalit, Adivasis, Sikh, Christian or a member of the LGBT community. These sectors of the population constitute about 280 million people. More than 10,000 people have been...

India: Democratic Freedoms - Question (14 Mar 2024)

Baroness D'Souza: To ask His Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of reported threats to democratic freedoms in India.

India: Democratic Freedoms - Question (14 Mar 2024)

Baroness D'Souza: My Lords, I thank the Minister for his Answer. The BJP policy of Hindu nationalism is increasingly invading press freedom, political opposition and the civil society space. For example, the use of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, sedition law, the Citizenship (Amendment) Act and the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act, all hint at an electoral autocracy in the world’s largest...

Safety of Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration) Bill - Report (1st Day): Amendment 17 ( 4 Mar 2024)

Baroness D'Souza: My Lords, perhaps I might add a few words to this debate on the Human Rights Act. I point out that this is the first time that I have spoken in this group. This amendment seeks to return the responsibility of interpreting the law to the courts and specifically underlines the unacceptability of a law on the statute book that is incompatible with domestic law, which of course includes the UK...

Safety of Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration) Bill - Report (1st Day): Amendment 9 ( 4 Mar 2024)

Baroness D'Souza: My Lords, what needs to be said about the risk of torture and inhumane treatment has already been set out by the noble Baroness, Lady Lister. I simply emphasise the credibility of the reports of ongoing torture of even mild political dissenters, which continues to this day in Rwanda. Nor do freedom of expression and association exist there, however narrowly the terms are defined. However, the...

Safety of Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration) Bill - Report (1st Day): Amendment 1 ( 4 Mar 2024)

Baroness D'Souza: My Lords, I will speak to my Amendments 10 and 43 in this group. I remain concerned about the potential constitutional fallout from this Bill, despite what my noble friend Lord Hannay has referred to as a “sterile” issue. There must be a reference to its remarkable impact on vital constitutional elements, such as the rule of law, the separation of powers and parliamentary sovereignty....

Poverty Reduction - Motion to Take Note (22 Feb 2024)

Baroness D'Souza: My Lords, I congratulate the noble Lord, Lord Bird, on securing this debate, although I do not necessarily agree with all his views. I also take this opportunity to thank the right reverend Prelate the Bishop of Durham—Bishop Paul, as we know him—for his significant contributions to the work of this House, particularly in the area of children. I also add how much we look forward to the...

Safety of Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration) Bill - Committee (2nd Day): Amendment 19 (14 Feb 2024)

Baroness D'Souza: I thank the noble Lord for giving way. I want to add to his experience that, the minute I had visited Victoire Ingabire, my phone was nicked.

Safety of Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration) Bill - Committee (2nd Day): Amendment 19 (14 Feb 2024)

Baroness D'Souza: My Lords, I too have added my name to this amendment, and I declare an interest as a patron of Redress, the anti-torture organisation. A recent Westminster Foundation for Democracy report pointed out the common pitfalls that democratic Governments fall into when dealing with authoritarian regimes, one of which is to promote their economic and other development at the expense of acknowledging...

Protest Measures - Statement (13 Feb 2024)

Baroness D'Souza: My Lords, if ever there was an example of the slow attrition of our democratic freedoms, it is this. First, experience tells us that, once a law is on the statute books, it will in future, merely as a convenience, be abused to exert control. Secondly, why on earth would wearing a face covering be made a criminal offence, if not to prepare to punish someone who has committed no crime...

Safety of Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration) Bill - Committee (1st Day): Amendment 4 (12 Feb 2024)

Baroness D'Souza: My Lords, I may have missed it, but could the Minister say whether Rwanda has drafted a refugee law?

Child Obesity - Question ( 1 Feb 2024)

Baroness D'Souza: My Lords, the risk of obesity is greater in those who suffer food insecurity, costing the National Health Service £6 billion annually, a figure that is likely to rise. It is reliably estimated, meanwhile, that £1.70 is returned for every £1 invested in free school meals over a 10-year period. Does the Minister agree that free school meals for all primary and secondary schoolchildren would...

Safety of Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration) Bill - Second Reading: Amendment to the Motion (29 Jan 2024)

Baroness D'Souza: My Lords, I wish to make three points, which have already been made several times in the context of this debate but will not suffer from repetition and which will also allow me to contribute to later stages of the Bill. It is unreasonable that the Bill asks parliamentarians to override the rulings of the Supreme Court, thereby touching on the constitutional convention of the separation of...


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