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Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Saudi Arabia (7 Jul 2014)

Hugh Robertson: We have made clear to the Saudi authorities our strong support for the right to freedom of religion or belief. The Senior Minister of State, my noble Friend the right hon. Baroness Warsi raised the importance of religious tolerance in meetings with Governor and Mayor of Makkah, Presidency of the Two Holy Mosques, and the Secretary General of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation in February...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Bangladesh (26 Jun 2014)

Hugh Robertson: ...and human rights abuses are deeply concerning. We regularly raise our human rights concerns with the Bangladesh Government. The Senior Minister of State, my noble Friend the right hon. Baroness Warsi last raised reports of extrajudicial killings and disappearances with the Bangladesh High Commissioner on 13 May. During Bangladesh’s 2nd Universal Periodic Review (UPR) at the Human Rights...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Bangladesh (26 Jun 2014)

Hugh Robertson: ...and privately, for example at Bangladesh's 2nd Universal Periodic Review at the Human Rights Council on 29 April 2013. The Senior Minister of State, my noble Friend the right hon. Baroness Warsi raised this at length with Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina during her last visit to Dhaka in December 2013, and also made clear our absolute opposition to the use of the death penalty in...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Bangladesh (24 Jun 2014)

Hugh Robertson: ...address political accountability and find a long-term solution to run participatory and non violent parliamentary elections. The Senior Minister of State, my noble Friend the right hon. Baroness Warsi, last discussed this issue with the Bangladesh Foreign Minister on 12 June. Reports of intimidation, violence and interference in local elections must be addressed. We have urged the...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Pakistan (12 Mar 2014)

Hugh Robertson: ...discussions with the Government of Pakistan regarding Human Rights Council Resolution 16/18 on combating religious intolerance. The Senior Minister of State, my noble Friend the right hon. Baroness Warsi, regularly raises the issue of religious intolerance at the highest levels. She is actively involved in encouraging states, including Pakistan, to take practical measures to implement UN...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Bangladesh (4 Mar 2014)

Hugh Robertson: ...elections with representatives from Bangladesh's political parties, other governments and international institutions. The Senior Minister of State, my noble Friend the right hon. Baroness Warsi, received the Government of Bangladesh's appraisal of the election results from Bangladesh's Justice, Law and Parliamentary Affairs Minister on 11 February 2014 and high commissioner Quayes on 23...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Bangladesh (4 Mar 2014)

Hugh Robertson: ...and raise concerns with the Government of Bangladesh. We welcome assurances that they are committed to protecting human rights. The Senior Minister of State, my noble Friend the right hon. Baroness Warsi, discussed human rights concerns with the Government of Bangladesh during meetings with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Foreign Minister Dipu Moni when she visited Bangladesh on 12...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Pakistan (27 Feb 2014)

Hugh Robertson: We regularly raise the issue of the blasphemy laws at a senior level with the authorities in Pakistan. The Senior Minister of State, my noble Friend the right hon. Baroness Warsi, most recently raised our opposition to the death penalty with the Chief Minister of the Punjab on 27 January in the case of a British national convicted under Pakistan's blasphemy laws. On 12 February our high...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Syria (26 Feb 2014)

Hugh Robertson: On 10 December, the Senior Minister of State, my noble friend the right Hon. Baroness Warsi met with representatives of Open Doors to receive a petition expressing concern about the situation of Christians in Syria. My predecessor, my right hon. Friend the member for North East Bedfordshire, Mr Burt, had also met with them on 9 July 2013. The reporting and advocacy of groups like Open Doors...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Bangladesh (10 Feb 2014)

Hugh Robertson: The Senior Minister of State, my noble Friend the right hon. Baroness Warsi, said in her statement on 6 January 2014, following Bangladesh's elections, we would continue to support its people in their aspirations for a more stable, prosperous, and democratic future. To achieve this, Bangladesh needs strong, independent and accountable institutions. We give a high priority to anti-corruption...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Bangladesh (10 Feb 2014)

Hugh Robertson: ...tragic that so many people lost their lives. We repeatedly condemned all forms of violence, including in the statement made by the Senior Minister of State, my noble Friend the right hon. Baroness Warsi, on 6 January. The new government has not appointed a new Foreign Minister but when it does we will continue to raise matters of concern and promote strong UK-Bangladesh trade links. Trade...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Pakistan (4 Feb 2014)

Hugh Robertson: .... We also continue to regularly raise the issue of the blasphemy laws at a senior level with the authorities in Pakistan. The Senior Minister of State, my noble Friend the right hon. Baroness Warsi most recently raised our opposition to the death penalty with the Chief Minister of the Punjab on 27 January.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Pakistan (3 Feb 2014)

Hugh Robertson: .... We also continue to regularly raise the issue of the blasphemy laws at a senior level with the authorities in Pakistan. The Senior Minister of State, my noble Friend the right hon. Baroness Warsi most recently raised our opposition to the death penalty with the Chief Minister of the Punjab on 27 January in the case of a British national convicted under Pakistan's blasphemy laws.

Elections in Bangladesh (29 Jan 2014)

Hugh Robertson: ...for Bangladesh, but I read the Backbench Business Committee debate from 16 January before this debate and I give him a commitment that I will ensure that his remarks today are passed to Baroness Warsi and, in view of the comments he made, to my ministerial counterparts in the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. It was clear from reading the report of that debate that...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Bangladesh (24 Jan 2014)

Hugh Robertson: ...dialogue and to create the conditions conducive to free, fair and credible elections. Visiting Bangladesh on 12 December, the Senior Minister of State, my noble Friend the right hon. Baroness Warsi, encouraged PM Hasina and BNP Chairperson Khaleda Ziato continue the process of dialogue initiated by UN Assistant Secretary General Oscar Fernandez Taranco. We continue to urge the new...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Pakistan: Religious Minorities (21 Jan 2014)

Hugh Robertson: My noble Friend Baroness Warsi raised the issue of religious minorities with the Pakistani Prime Minister during her most recent visit to Pakistan and during the UN General Assembly. We continue to raise the issue of the persecution of religious minorities on a regular basis with the authorities in Pakistan.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Bangladesh (14 Jan 2014)

Hugh Robertson: As the Minister of State, my noble Friend the right hon. Baroness Warsi, noted in her statement of 6 January, the election was called in accordance with Bangladesh's constitution. But, like others in the international community, the UK is disappointed that voters in more than half the constituencies did not have the opportunity to express their will at the ballot box and that turnout in most...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Bangladesh (14 Jan 2014)

Hugh Robertson: ...meaningful dialogue and to create the conditions conducive to free, fair and credible elections. Visiting Bangladesh on 12 December, the Minister of State, my noble Friend the right hon. Baroness Warsi, encouraged PM Hasina and BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia to continue the process of dialogue initiated by UN Assistant Secretary General Oscar Fernandez Taranco. We continue to urge the new...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Afghanistan (6 Jan 2014)

Hugh Robertson: ...in public life, with the Afghan Government and wider Afghan authorities. During her visit to Afghanistan early last month, the Senior Minister of State, my noble Friend the right hon. Baroness Warsi discussed these, and many other issues, with female politicians and civil society representatives. She also underlined the importance of upholding historic gains on human rights with the Deputy...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Afghanistan (6 Jan 2014)

Hugh Robertson: ...an ever-growing network of women’s NGOs and advocacy groups across Afghanistan. In November, during a visit to Afghanistan, the Senior Minister of State, my noble Friend the right hon. Baroness Warsi underlined the importance of upholding this progress with the Deputy Foreign Minister, Mr Ershad Ahmadi. The UK is working to educate women in Afghanistan and has contributed £45 million to...


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