Results 1–20 of 41 for rwanda speaker:Vicky Ford

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Developing Countries: Education (22 Jul 2022)

Vicky Ford: ...all and to ensure strong outcomes from the Transforming Education Summit in September. We are delivering on our commitments at country level including new programmes announced over the past year in Rwanda, Jordan, Tanzania and Bangladesh. The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office is preparing ambitious new education programmes focused on scaling up evidence-based approaches to...

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Foreign Policy (12 Jul 2022)

Vicky Ford: ...also announced a new Commonwealth Diplomatic Academy programme for young diplomats. My Right Honourable friend Alok Sharma, the COP26 President, hosted a high level climate side event with Rwanda on maintaining momentum towards COP27. The UK, including Lord (Tariq) Ahmad of Wimbledon, Minister for the Commonwealth, held bilateral discussions and underlined our unwavering commitment to the...

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Question (11 Jul 2022)

Vicky Ford: ...weeks we have raised the unacceptable increase in violence, hate speech and increased movement of armed groups in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), with the Governments of DRC, Uganda and Rwanda, as well as the leadership of the UN Peacekeeping Mission, MONUSCO. The Prime Minister discussed these issues with Rwandan President Kagame during CHOGM. Minister Ford recently spoke with...

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Swaziland: Human Rights ( 4 Jul 2022)

Vicky Ford: ...international partners could facilitate constructive engagement. The Prime Minister also raised the political situation with the King at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Rwanda. The International Labour Organisation has recently facilitated a bipartite dialogue between representatives of employers and workers to address outstanding questions of labour rights and...

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Central Africa: Armed Conflict (28 Jun 2022)

Vicky Ford: ...weeks we have raised our concerns about the increase in violence, hate speech and increased movement of armed groups with the Governments of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Uganda and Rwanda, as well as the leadership of the UN Peacekeeping Mission, MONUSCO. The UK engages frequently and at a senior level with the Partner States of the East African Community (EAC) on regional...

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Democratic Republic of Congo: Conflict Resolution (21 Jun 2022)

Vicky Ford: ...part of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is concerning. The recent increase in violence risks efforts to pursue peace; we fully support further diplomatic outreach and dialogue between Rwanda and DRC. We have raised our concerns about the increase in violence, protection of civilians and increased movement of armed groups with the governments in the region, as well as the leadership...

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Rwanda: Humanitarian Aid (17 Jun 2022)

Vicky Ford: The UK is a longstanding partner to Rwanda, having provided Official Development Assistance (ODA) to support Rwanda's social and economic development for over a decade. The UK's annual bilateral assistance to Rwanda from 2009-2020 is available via our Statistics on International Development publication, and 2020-21 final audited spend in the FCDO Annual Report and Accounts.

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Rwanda: Debts (15 Jun 2022)

Vicky Ford: The FCDO regularly discusses macroeconomic and debt issues with the Rwandan authorities and the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Rwanda is on track with its IMF policy coordination programme, and the latest IMF debt sustainability analysis assesses Rwanda as having a strong debt-carrying capacity, and a moderate risk of debt distress.

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Democratic Republic of Congo: Armed Conflict (10 Jun 2022)

Vicky Ford: ...to pursue peace. In recent weeks we have raised our concerns about the increase in violence, protection of civilians and increased movement of armed groups with the governments of DRC, Uganda and Rwanda, as well as the leadership of the UN Peacekeeping Mission, MONUSCO. The UK is committed to supporting efforts to build stability and reduce violence in DRC. At the recent UN Security...

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Democratic Republic of Congo: Armed Conflict (10 Jun 2022)

Vicky Ford: ...to pursue peace. In recent weeks we have raised our concerns about the increase in violence, protection of civilians and increased movement of armed groups with the governments of DRC, Uganda and Rwanda, as well as the leadership of the UN Peacekeeping Mission, MONUSCO. The UK engages frequently and at a senior level with the governments of Rwanda and DRC through our missions on the...

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Rwanda: Refugees (25 May 2022)

Vicky Ford: Rwanda has a strong history of welcoming refugees and protecting their rights. The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), commended Rwanda for their "excellent job integrating refugees" in December 2021. People relocated under the Migration and Economic Development Partnership will have all their needs looked after while their asylum claims are being considered in Rwanda. This includes safe and clean...

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Rwanda: Press Freedom (25 May 2022)

Vicky Ford: The UK Government firmly believes that a free media and vibrant civil society are vital for a healthy and well-functioning democracy. We discuss these issues regularly with the Government of Rwanda through our High Commission in Kigali and at Ministerial level, most recently on 18 May where I met Foreign Minister Biruta.

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Rwanda: Asylum (20 May 2022)

Vicky Ford: The UK is a longstanding partner to Rwanda, having provided official development assistance (ODA) to support Rwanda's social and economic development since the 1990s. Our development cooperation has delivered huge benefit to the people of Rwanda, helping to lift 2 million people out of poverty. The Migration and Economic Development Partnership builds on this, whilst also delivering a...

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Rwanda: Human Rights and Security (18 May 2022)

Vicky Ford: Rwanda is a fundamentally safe and secure country with respect for the rule of law. The World Justice Projects Rule of Law index ranks Rwanda top in African and amongst low income countries for order and security. Rwanda has a strong record on economic and social rights, promotion of gender equality, and protecting the rights of migrants. We discuss regularly any concerns with the Government...

Prime Minister’s Visit to India (26 Apr 2022)

Vicky Ford: ..., including a 1.6 million-strong Indian diaspora in the UK, that connects our countries in so many ways. We must continue to have close, honest and open friendships with countries, such as with Rwanda, because it is important to have these friendships so that we can raise issues that concern us, such as on human rights, when they come up.

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Rwanda: Visits Abroad (26 Apr 2022)

Vicky Ford: In 2017, Rory Stewart visited Rwanda in his capacity as Minister for Africa. Harriet Baldwin, then Minister for Africa, visited in 2019. Lord Tariq Ahmad of Wimbledon, Minister for the Commonwealth, visited Rwanda in 2021 and Home Secretary Priti Patel visited in 2022. The UK is looking forward to the Commonwealth Head of Government Meetings in June.

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Rwanda: Human Rights (26 Apr 2022)

Vicky Ford: Rwanda is a fundamentally safe and secure country with respect for the rule of law. The World Justice Projects Rule of Law index ranks Rwanda top in African and amongst low income countries for order and security. Rwanda has a strong record on economic and social rights, promotion of gender equality, and protecting the rights of migrants. We continue to have concerns about restrictions to...

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Rwanda: Human Rights (26 Apr 2022)

Vicky Ford: Rwanda is fundamentally a safe and secure country with low crime rates. Homicide rates, for example, are well below the average rate across Africa and are lower than the European average. Rwanda respects the rule of law, and has a strong record on economic and social rights and the rights of migrants. However, we are concerned about the restrictions on political opposition, civil society and...

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Rwanda: Human Rights (26 Apr 2022)

Vicky Ford: Rwanda has a strong history of welcoming refugees and protecting their rights. Since 2019, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and the African Union have been sending refugees and asylum seekers to Rwanda. Last month, the UN sent 119 asylum seekers to Rwanda, which it described as a very safe country. I will take the hon. Gentleman’s points on board.

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Rwanda: Human Rights (26 Apr 2022)

Vicky Ford: I thank the hon. Member for her interest. She will know that, unlike most countries in the region, Rwanda has no laws against homosexuality, and its constitution also prohibits all forms of discrimination based on identity. When it comes to women’s equality, Rwanda is one of the top countries in the world. We know that LGBT individuals may still encounter discrimination, and we continue to...


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