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Bilateral Trade: Sri Lanka - Question (28 Feb 2017)

Bilateral Trade: Sri Lanka - Question

Sri Lanka: UN Human Rights Council (28 Feb 2017)

Tobias Ellwood: ...hon. Friend the Member for Reading West (Alok Sharma), is unable to be here but, as has been pointed out, he is in Geneva at the Human Rights Council, having a meeting with the Foreign Minister of Sri Lanka. If there is an excuse to be had, I hope that that one will be accepted. There have been important contributions to the debate, not least from the former Minister for this area, my...

NHS Shared Business Services: Points of Order (27 Feb 2017)

Hywel Williams: On a point of order, Mr Speaker. My constituent Shiromini Satkunarajah is due to be expelled from the UK tomorrow and sent to Sri Lanka, from where she and her family, who are Tamils, fled here from the war when she was just 12 years old. In three months, Shiromini could complete here degree in electrical engineering at Bangor University and would be expected to get a first. Her head of...

Commonwealth: Trade — [Philip Davies in the Chair] (22 Feb 2017)

Greg Hands: ...Association. My hon. Friend mentioned a recent CPA conference. I went to the one in New Delhi in 2007, which was quite an experience, and have also participated in CPA visits to Nigeria, Sierra Leone and Sri Lanka. My hon. Friend mentioned that we have stood shoulder to shoulder in conflict with the Commonwealth countries on our side. I am reminded whenever I go to a Commonwealth country...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Sri Lanka: Christianity (20 Feb 2017)

Gregory Campbell: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations to the Sri Lankan Government on the destruction of a church building in Pahariya in North West Sri Lanka in January 2017.

Written Answers — Department for International Development: Marie Stopes International (3 Feb 2017)

James Wharton: ..., Malawi, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Uganda, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Cambodia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Papa New Guinea, The Philippines, Timor-leste, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Yemen. DFID support to these programmes enables women and girls to complete their education, take up better economic opportunities and have control...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Prisoners: Repatriation (3 Feb 2017)

Phillip Lee: ... 2 India 7 Ireland 4 Israel 1 Italy 2 Lithuania 7 Montenegro 1 Netherlands 28 Nigeria 1 Norway 1 Poland 6 Portugal 3 Romania 6 Saudi Arabia 1 Spain 4 Sri Lanka 3 St Helena 1 Switzerland 2 Turkey 4 Ukraine 1 Vietnam 3 Total 103

Written Answers — Home Office: Human Trafficking: Children (2 Feb 2017)

Baroness Williams of Trafford: ...Iran 4 Iraq 4 Israel 1 Ivory Coast 1 Latvia 1 Lithuania 2 Nigeria 17 Pakistan 2 Poland 2 Portugal 1 Romania 13 Serbia/Kosovo 1 Slovakia 8 Somalia 1 Spain 2 Sri Lanka 3 Sudan 4 Syria 3 Timor - Leste 3 Tunisia 1 Turkey 1 Uganda 1 United Kingdom 55 United Kingdom/Vietnam 1 United States of America 5 Unknown 3 ...

Civil Society Space — [Mr Andrew Turner in the Chair] (26 Jan 2017)

Fiona Bruce: ...guise of implementing legislation. Excessive monitoring, threatening phone calls and unannounced inspections are commonplace. The Catholic Agency for Overseas Development reports that its partner workers in Sri Lanka and Latin America face surveillance, threatening phone calls, searches and disruption of community events. Fraud, tax, blasphemy and slander legislation is applied arbitrarily...

Burma: Rohingya - Question for Short Debate (12 Jan 2017)

Baroness Barker: ...powers in a country which is largely Buddhist. We have a perception of Buddhism as a religion which is peaceful, and for the most part it is. However, as people who work around the world in countries such as Sri Lanka will tell you, there are some quite fanatical people within the Buddhist religion. I have friends who work in an LGBT organisation in Sri Lanka, Equal Ground. They face...

Yemen (12 Jan 2017)

Tom Brake: ...into Saudi activities in Yemen. I fail to understand why the Government do not show the same enthusiasm as they did when they rightly made a very strong case for a similar independent inquiry in Sri Lanka.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Business of the House (12 Jan 2017)

James Berry: Yesterday, the European Commission took the retrograde decision to restore GSP plus—generalised system of preferences plus—trade status to Sri Lanka. The Commission withdrew that status in 2010 because of concerns about human rights abuses by the Sri Lankan Government. Despite that Government not yet complying with United Nations Human Rights Council resolution 31, and a damning...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Sri Lanka: Human Rights (12 Jan 2017)

Grant Shapps: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to the co-sponsored resolution on Sri Lanka at the 30th Session of the UN Human Rights Council held in October 2015, if he will make representations to the government of Sri Lanka to respect its commitments and allow international prosecutors to investigate allegations of violations of international...

Asylum Seekers: Right to Work (11 Jan 2017)

Alison Thewliss: ...Glasgow Central, and I regularly have asylum seekers at my surgery who are in dire straits as a direct result of Home Office policy. One constituent who came to me had fled political persecution in Sri Lanka in 2013. On claiming asylum in 2014, she was detained in Dungavel detention centre, where she was sexually assaulted by another detainee. She is now destitute and relies on charities...

Leasehold and Commonhold Reform: Christmas Adjournment (20 Dec 2016)

Bob Blackman: ...causes immense difficulties for people coming for religious functions, weddings and in particular funerals, where things are done at the last minute. Applications from India, Pakistan, Iran and Sri Lanka seem to be singled out in an unfair manner and are not treated properly. I will continue to work in the new year for a two-year visitor visa to be issued for Indian citizens in the same...

Electoral Reform (Local Elections and Miscellaneous Provisions) (7 Dec 2016)

Ranil Jayawardena: from Irish presidential elections to elections to the Australian House of Representatives. Preferential voting means that people who should be elected are not. As chairman of the all-party parliamentary group on Sri Lanka, I was surprised to find that a version of an electoral system invented by the Labour party is used for that country’s presidential elections. The...

Durham County Cricket Club — [Sir David Amess in the Chair] (1 Dec 2016)

Kevan Jones: 1882. The Riverside ground at Chester-le-Street in my constituency of North Durham has hosted six test matches since 2003, and memorably hosted the Ashes match against Australia in 2013. Most recently, in May, Sri Lanka visited the Riverside; I will talk later about the significance of that match and how it impacts on the issues that the club faces today. In 1992 the club joined the...

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Military Aid (1 Dec 2016)

Earl Howe: ...Malaysia Mali Mauritania Mongolia Montenegro Morocco Nepal Nigeria Oman Pakistan Papua New Guinea Philippines Poland Qatar Rwanda Saudi Arabia Serbia Sierra Leone Singapore Somalia South Africa Sri Lanka Sudan Tajikistan Tanzania Thailand Tunisia Uganda Ukraine United Arab Emirates United States of America Uzbekistan Vietnam Zambia Security Forces Gabon Iraq Kenya Kosovo Malta Pakistan...

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