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Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Ethiopia: Christianity (9 Dec 2021)

Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park: We are extremely concerned by reports of widespread human rights violations and abuses in Ethiopia committed by all sides in the conflict. The Foreign Secretary spoke to Deputy Prime Minister Demeke on 5 November. Our Ambassador in Addis Ababa spoke to Prime Minister Abiy on 28 October. The Minister for Africa spoke at a Westminster Hall Debate on 3 November and highlighted the horrific scale...

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Africa: Coronavirus (9 Dec 2021)

Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park: We share the concerns raised by Dr Alakija, co-chair of the African Union Vaccine Delivery Alliance, on the inequity in COVID-19 vaccine coverage across Africa compared with the rest of the world. That is why under our G7 Presidency, we gained commitment from G7 Leaders to share at least 870 million surplus doses with low- and middle- income countries by 2022. This includes 100 million by the...

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Nigeria: Churches (8 Dec 2021)

Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park: The Government is concerned by increasing insecurity in Nigeria, including recent reports of criminal groups warning churches to close. The Government condemns all attacks on places of worship. We regularly raise rising insecurity and the importance of protecting civilians of all ethnicities and religions with both the Federal Government and State Governments in Nigeria. The British High...

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Burundi: Refugees (8 Dec 2021)

Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park: The UK Government welcomes the work of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), in conjunction with governments in the neighbouring region, to facilitate the voluntary return of refugees to Burundi. Working with its development partners, the Government of Burundi launched the 2021 Joint Refugee Return and Reintegration Plan, which aims to support the safe and dignified...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Fly-tipping (8 Dec 2021)

Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park: The maximum penalty for fly-tipping is 12 months’ imprisonment and an unlimited fine if convicted at a Magistrates’ Court, or five years’ imprisonment and an unlimited fine if convicted at Crown Court. The Environmental Protection Act 1990 was amended in 2015 to remove maximum limits on fines for fly-tipping.

Written Answers — Cop26: Climate Change Convention: Egypt (8 Dec 2021)

Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park: Egypt, as COP27 Presidency, will put in place logistics arrangements for the COP27 conference in Sharm el Sheikh. However, as the current COP Presidency, we will work closely with Egypt over the coming year and will share our experience of organising a carbon-neutral COP, including transport planning. In addition, we will work closely with all Parties, including European ones, throughout the...

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Armenia: Azerbaijan (7 Dec 2021)

Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park: The UK Government has not made any specific representations to the Governments of Armenia or Azerbaijan following the summit on the 26 November. However, the Minister for Europe and Americas has continued to raise this important issue with both Governments following last year's conflict, including during her recent meetings with the Armenian and Azerbaijani Ambassadors on 4 and 17 November...

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Eritrea: Christianity (7 Dec 2021)

Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park: The UK Government frequently voices our concern about arbitrary arrests and detentions in Eritrea, including on the basis of religion or belief. We have called for release of such worshippers, directly with the Government of Eritrea, and publicly - through our annual reporting on human rights, at the UN Human Rights Council, and on 25 October through our statement at the interactive dialogue...

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Nagorno Karabakh: Armed Conflict (7 Dec 2021)

Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park: The UK Government welcomes the ceasefire but remains concerned about the increase in tensions in recent months that has resulted in loss of life. We continue to raise the importance of securing a peaceful settlement to the conflict through negotiations facilitated by the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Minsk Group Co-Chairs. The Foreign Secretary did so most...

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Bosnia: Peacekeeping Operations (6 Dec 2021)

Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park: In November, the United Nations Security Council authorised the EU stabilisation force's (EUFOR) mandate for a further 12 months. Although the UK no longer participates in EUFOR following our withdrawal from the European Union, we liaise closely with Commander EUFOR and his team. We also support the NATO HQ in Sarajevo including though the secondment of UK staff officers, who are playing an...

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Bosnia and Herzegovina: Serbia (6 Dec 2021)

Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park: The UK takes very seriously talk of secession and other threats to undo the progress of the last twenty-six years in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH). We have called on those responsible to cease this destabilising and divisive rhetoric. The UK works closely with our partners in NATO and the EU to support the integrity of BiH as a single, sovereign state, comprising two entities. In the UN...

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Africa: Coronavirus (6 Dec 2021)

Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park: The UK has donated £548 million to COVAX Advance Market Commitment (AMC), that has delivered over 188 million vaccine doses to 44 African AMC countries. In addition to the financial contribution to COVAX, the UK has donated 6 million surplus doses to 14 countries in Africa, mostly through COVAX. COVAX, and its key partners including UNICEF, work with the national governments, charities and...

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Ethiopia: Repatriation (6 Dec 2021)

Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park: We are aware of reports that the UN is in process of evacuating families of international staff from Ethiopia. We have drawn down non-essential staff and families from our Embassy in Addis Ababa. The Minister for Africa issued a statement on 24 November addressing the deteriorating situation, urging British nationals to leave while commercial flights were still available. To support those...

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Coronavirus: Vaccination (6 Dec 2021)

Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park: The UK is committed to equitable, global vaccine access and is working with international partners to increase global supply and bring the acute phase of the pandemic to an end. The UK has committed to share 100 million doses, at least 80% of which will go through COVAX. This commitment is part of a G7 agreement to share at least 870 million doses by mid-2022. We have already delivered 10.8...

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Ethiopia: Armed Conflict (6 Dec 2021)

Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park: The Minister for Africa spoke with Ethiopian State Minister Redwan on 18 November and raised our concerns about ethnic profiling and detentions, stressing the need for all parties to the conflict to engage in meaningful talks and avoid further bloodshed. We are extremely concerned by reports of widespread human rights violations and abuses in Ethiopia committed by all sides to the conflict....

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Armenia: Genocide (6 Dec 2021)

Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park: The Government has not taken any steps to institute proceedings in the International Court of Justice that would lead to a pronouncement of genocide in Armenia. The Government's longstanding policy is that any judgment as to whether genocide has occurred is a matter for a competent national or international court rather than for Governments or non-judicial bodies. We do not consider that it...

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Tigray: Education (6 Dec 2021)

Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park: An estimated 2.7 million children in Northern Ethiopia are affected by destroyed or damaged schools, or by schools being used as shelters for internally displaced people (IDPs). In Debre Birhan (Amhara) children are missing out on learning opportunities due to six schools being used as collective sites for newly displaced people. There are also reports of property destruction by the IDPs in...

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Transcaucasus: Land Mines (6 Dec 2021)

Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park: The Minister for Europe and Americas continues to raise with both Governments the importance of resolving all outstanding matters related to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, including the return of mine maps, through negotiations facilitated by the OSCE Minsk Group. She did so most recently in her meetings with the Armenian and Azerbaijani Ambassadors on 4 and 17 November respectively. We...

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Tigray: Armed Conflict (6 Dec 2021)

Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park: We support efforts by US Secretary of State Blinken to resolve the conflict in Ethiopia on his visit to Kenya on 17 November and his call for an unconditional ceasefire in Ethiopia. Alongside the US, we are fully supportive of the African Union (AU)'s mediation efforts. The Minister for Africa spoke with AU Special Envoy Obasanjo on 4 November, and with AU Commissioner for Political Affairs,...

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Somalia: Food and Water (6 Dec 2021)

Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park: The UK is deeply concerned by the humanitarian situation in Somalia with large parts of the country now experiencing severe drought. The UK is working closely with the Somalian Government, the UN and international partners to support an early and rapid response. Eighty percent of the country is now facing severe famine, and the Government of Somalia has declared a 'humanitarian emergency'....


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