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Yemen — Question (29 Oct 2015)

Lord Avebury: ..., 26,000 injured, 2.3 million internally displaced and 21 million in need of humanitarian assistance. If we agree with the Brookings Institution that al-Qaeda is the principal local winner of this war and with Human Rights Watch that Saudi attacks on IDPs and humanitarian aid are violations of the laws of war, will the Government use our presidency of the Security Council in November to...

Sudan — Question (9 Sep 2015)

Lord Avebury: ...agree with Amnesty International that the atrocities committed by the Sudanese armed forces in South Kordofan, including deliberate attacks on civilians, hospitals, schools and NGOs, constitute war crimes for which the leaders of the junta should be indicted? Could we propose to the UN Security Council that a task force be appointed to collect the evidence that would allow such...

Queen’s Speech — Debate (2nd Day) (Continued) (28 May 2015)

Lord Avebury: ...campaigns of murder and massacre against Shia Muslims and other religious minorities, including Christians, are dedicated to programmes of religious hatred and cleansing. President Ashraf Ghani warned of impending terrorism by Daesh in Afghanistan in March, and sure enough, Shahidullah Shahid, claiming to be a spokesman for the group, said that it was responsible for a suicide bomb in...

Local Government (Religious etc. Observances) Bill — Committee (13 Mar 2015)

Lord Avebury: ...However, as for the accusation that we are, in some way, trying to prevent people attending or participating in great events of the nation such as the remembrance of the victims of the First World War or of those who died in Afghanistan, I have to say that it is not worthy of the noble Lord to suggest that we are in any way trying to obstruct or frustrate the attendance of people from...

Eritrea and Ethiopia — Question for Short Debate (27 Jan 2015)

Lord Avebury: My Lords, I warmly congratulate my noble friend Lord Chidgey on securing this short debate that links Eritrea and Ethiopia, and on his masterly summary of the human rights violations in Eritrea and the consequent exodus of large numbers of refugees. The two countries were linked in a forced marriage when the UN organised a bogus test of public opinion in Eritrea and imposed a federal union of...

Sri Lanka: Presidential Elections — Question (14 Jan 2015)

Lord Avebury: My Lords, my noble friend the Minister mentioned that President Sirisena has undertaken to conduct a domestic inquiry into the allegations of war crimes that were committed in the final stages of the conflict in 2009. Has anybody suggested to him that he should facilitate the inquiry which was launched by the United Nations Human Rights Council at a meeting last March? Will our Government...

Sri Lanka — Question (24 Nov 2014)

Lord Avebury: My Lords, will the Government condemn the refusal of the Sri Lankan authorities to grant visas to the OHCHR team which was to investigate the atrocities committed in the final stages of the civil war by both the Government and the LTTE? Will the comprehensive report of that team, headed by Martti Ahtisaari, nevertheless be published in accordance with the mandate of the team at the 28th...

Middle East and North Africa — Motion to Take Note (30 Oct 2014)

Lord Avebury: ...domination by a military strongman. The removal of Gaddafi produced anarchy, and now disputed sovereignty between the east and west of the country. Syria was already suffering a devastating civil war when the Daesh erupted onto the scene. The actual revolutions in the region have led to far worse conditions for ordinary people; peaceful transitions, which may take far longer, are the right...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Armed Conflict: Sexual Offences (2 Jul 2014)

Lord Avebury: To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether their plans to stop the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war announced in June 2014 will cover caste-based sexual violence, rape and so-called punishment rape.

Immigration Bill — Commons Reasons and Amendments (12 May 2014)

Lord Avebury: ...alternative … they will have to be re-examined and may be granted resident pass only ... This is because among those people are some who ripped up their passport while abroad, who hold hatred towards this country … Some of them stabbed our country in the back”. My point is that when we have stateless people here in the UK and we say that we have reached a solution with the country of...

South Sudan — Question for Short Debate (24 Mar 2014)

Lord Avebury: My Lords, I echo the warmest congratulations that have been expressed on my noble friend Lord Chidgey’s masterly analysis of the appalling consequences of the civil war and the useful proposals that he has made for the solution of the conflict. After what was originally a political dispute between President Salva Kiir and former Vice-President Riek Machar, the tensions escalated until they...

Immigration Bill — Committee (6th Day) (19 Mar 2014)

Lord Avebury: ...three years. At the end of that period, it was discovered that he was a UK citizen. On 13 December 2007, he was released from detention and went to live in Turkey, where he remains to this date. Towards the end of his detention, the Secretary of State wrote to Mr Al-Jedda, saying that she was minded to make an order depriving him of his citizenship under Section 42 of the British...

Sri Lanka — Question (26 Feb 2014)

Lord Avebury: My Lords, as the Minister has reminded us, five years have elapsed since the end of hostilities and no progress has been made towards setting up a credible independent investigation into the killing of an estimated 40,000 civilians during the final weeks of the civil war. The Prime Minister is to be warmly congratulated on taking a leading role in setting the scene for the resolution at the...

Sudan — Question (11 Feb 2014)

Lord Avebury: My Lords, will my noble friend acknowledge that the Government of Sudan, led by an alleged war criminal, as has been said, has embarked on the genocidal starvation of the population of South Kordofan and Blue Nile by denying all humanitarian access to these states, and by the systematic destruction from the air of their agriculture? Could fresh charges be laid against al-Bashir at the...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Sudan (7 Jan 2014)

Lord Avebury: ...response to the comments made by the Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court criticising the United Nations Security Council’s “inaction and paralysis” concerning the arrest warrants issued in 2009 against Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir and other top Sudanese officials for crimes against humanity and war crimes committed in Darfur.

Immigration Rules: Impact on Families — Question for Short Debate (4 Jul 2013)

Lord Avebury: ...after the original application, her son got a refusal letter. So even where the financial and other conditions are satisfied, the Home Office avoids issuing the visa to an elderly dependant in a war zone. The committee chaired by my noble friend Lady Hamwee, who is to be warmly congratulated on such a professional job of work, found that 61% of British women citizens in work would not...

Queen’s Speech — Debate (5th Day) (15 May 2013)

Lord Avebury: My Lords, I warmly echo the remarks of the noble Baroness, Lady Whitaker, and the noble Lord, Lord Ramsbotham, on the right of the Chagossians to return to their homeland, from which they were ejected many years ago in one of the most shameful episodes in British colonial history. I also join her in welcoming the review by the Government of their Chagos policy, which I hope will lead to the...

Welfare Benefits Up-rating Bill — Committee (2nd Day) (5 Mar 2013)

Lord Avebury: ...than settled families with disabled children, of the support that is given to every other such family in the country? Surely, that cannot be anything to do with making every penny count towards reducing the deficit when there are any number of ways of raising this sum needed through the tax system. We are talking about a very trivial sum compared with what the right reverend Prelate...

Education Bill: Report (2nd Day) (Continued) (24 Oct 2011)

Lord Avebury: It goes back at least as long as the Education Act 1944 and, as far as I know, even further than that. That underlines the fact that England is a very different society today from what it was towards the end of the Second World War. Eighteen per cent of the population now reports having no religion. Of the 72 per cent who identify themselves as Christians, fewer than one-third say that...

Sudan — Question (5 Oct 2011)

Lord Avebury: ...Council relied in its last resolution of 1997. Does my noble friend not agree that it is therefore necessary for the UN to adopt new measures to prevent this conflict escalating into a cross-border war between the peoples of north and south and to protect the people of the Blue Nile and South Kordofan from incipient genocide?

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