Results 581–600 of 603 for speaker:Baroness D'Souza

UK Worldwide Interests ( 8 Dec 2005)

Baroness D'Souza: My Lords, I have been in this House a relatively short time but during that time have learnt that sooner or later the opportunity to express a cherished view will arise. Just such an opportunity has arisen today and I thank the noble and learned Lord, Lord Howe of Aberavon, for providing the occasion. I have spent quite a lot of my working life in underdeveloped countries where resources are...

Jordan and Libya (15 Nov 2005)

Baroness D'Souza: asked Her Majesty's Government: What measures they are taking to ensure independent and rigorous monitoring of the treatment of those foreign nationals who have been deported to Jordan and Libya.

Jordan and Libya (15 Nov 2005)

Baroness D'Souza: My Lords, I thank the Minister for his Answer. I have to assume that the very fact that memoranda of agreement have been negotiated with Jordan and Libya and other countries must mean that the Government have genuine concerns about the possibility of torture of those returnees because torture continues in both those countries. But those countries have signed the international torture...

Zimbabwe (10 Nov 2005)

Baroness D'Souza: My Lords, are failed asylum seekers from Zimbabwe still being returned to that country?

Racial and Religious Hatred Bill ( 8 Nov 2005)

Baroness D'Souza: My Lords, perhaps I could remind your Lordships of the time in the early 1990s during the height of the Rushdie affair when Muslims thought it right and proper to burn copies of his novel The Satanic Verses and effigies of Salman Rushdie himself. Where would such actions fall under the amendment? It suggests that the amendment needs greater definition. Of course we all deplore the desecration...

United Nations Convention Against Torture (12 Oct 2005)

Baroness D'Souza: rose to ask Her Majesty's Government what they are doing to meet their obligations as a party to the United Nations Convention Against Torture. My Lords, we live in a complicated world, morally, ethically and philosophically. Today, I want to set out, very briefly, the legal basis for the protection of a fundamental human right; namely, the right to be free from torture and other cruel,...

Asylum Seekers: Repatriation (12 Jul 2005)

Baroness D'Souza: My Lords, is the Minister aware that a number of the asylum seekers who have been returned to Zimbabwe have been tortured, and that there is now sufficient evidence to show that that is the case?

Zimbabwe: Asylum Seekers (30 Jun 2005)

Baroness D'Souza: My Lords, will the Minister acknowledge that the facts of torture and ill-treatment, especially of political opponents in Zimbabwe, are now well documented and that to return asylum seekers in this context is an infringement of international treaties that govern human rights?

Zimbabwe: Asylum Seekers (27 Jun 2005)

Baroness D'Souza: My Lords, the Home Office Minister has said that there are no substantiated reports of ill treatment of individuals who have been removed to Zimbabwe. I would be grateful if the noble Baroness could tell us what constitutes a substantiated report.

Asylum Seekers: Amnesty International Report (22 Jun 2005)

Baroness D'Souza: My Lords, is the Minister able to tell the House how many asylum seekers were deported during the past year?

Written Answers — House of Lords: Columbia: Human Rights (15 Jun 2005)

Baroness D'Souza: asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they plan to raise the issue of human rights in Columbia with other member states during the United Kingdom presidency of the European Union.

Latin America (26 May 2005)

Baroness D'Souza: My Lords, I, too, begin by thanking the noble Baroness, Lady Hooper, and congratulating her on securing this debate. My knowledge and experience of Latin America is woefully incomplete. However, what little experience I have concerns a rather remarkable story that had dramatic beginnings. As many noble Lords will know, the British Council has a strong presence in Peru. In 2000, it worked with...

Serious Organised Crime and Police Bill (14 Mar 2005)

Baroness D'Souza: My Lords, I, too, want to speak briefly about the amendments set out in Schedule 10. Words are powerful; they cause injury, often as hurtful as physical attack. Equally, they form the best defence against ignorance, bigotry and intolerance. In those countries where hate speech laws, whether directed at religious or racist hate speech, prevail, the underlying conditions of discrimination and...

Zimbabwe ( 9 Mar 2005)

Baroness D'Souza: My Lords, I, too, congratulate the noble Baroness, Lady Park, on securing the debate. The important points about current conditions in Zimbabwe in the run-up to the elections have already been made very forcefully, particularly by the previous speaker, the noble Earl, Lord Caithness. I would only add that a strong and co-ordinated statement from the South African Development Corporation, the...

Prevention of Terrorism Bill ( 8 Mar 2005)

Baroness D'Souza: My Lords, I agree with nearly all that has been said on the sunset clause. Nearly all the speakers in this debate have acknowledged the very serious dilemma that the Government have to resolve: how to deal with the threat of terrorism and, at the same time, preserve fundamental rights. We all recognise what a serious dilemma that is. However, the argument that this contradictory and flawed...

Prevention of Terrorism Bill ( 8 Mar 2005)

Baroness D'Souza: My Lords, is it in order for me to conclude?

Prevention of Terrorism Bill ( 3 Mar 2005)

Baroness D'Souza: Does the noble and learned Lord agree that there is already a law against incitement? Incitement is a crime in this country. The noble and learned Lord gave an example of a particular person inciting three people in a room to do something. But provided those people had the wherewithal to commit that crime and provided they committed it within a certain time after those words were uttered,...

Immigration and Asylum (23 Feb 2005)

Baroness D'Souza: My Lords, this is a very timely debate and I thank the noble Lord, Lord Waddington, for introducing it. I say timely because the Government have set out in the Home Office document, Controlling our borders: Making migration work for Britain, the dilemma that the UK, among other European countries, faces in dealing with asylum seekers and they give fair warning about the ways in which they...

HIV/AIDS ( 4 Feb 2005)

Baroness D'Souza: My Lords, I, too, wish to thank the noble Baroness, Lady Northover, for securing this debate. I shall speak briefly on two very different aspects of HIV/AIDS: what field research has revealed about the effects of HIV/AIDS on household income; and the role of broadcasting in educating people about HIV/AIDS more generally. These two separate themes I shall attempt to weave together seamlessly....

Parliamentary Commissioner (Amendment) Bill [HL] ( 4 Feb 2005)

Baroness D'Souza: My Lords, I support the Bill. I wish to speak briefly on the experience of the Office of the Commissioner for Administrative Complaints (COMAC), or the ombudsman, in Hong Kong. Incidentally, according to my Nordic friends, apparently the present politically correct term is not ombudsman but "ombuds". As noble Lords will already know, the law in Hong Kong was changed in 1994 to allow, among...


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