Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 30th March 2006.

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Photo of Geoffrey Clifton-Brown Geoffrey Clifton-Brown Shadow Minister (Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has received on (a) the security situation, (b) promotion of democracy, (c) press freedom and (d) civil liberties in Nepal.

Photo of Kim Howells Kim Howells Minister of State (Middle East), Foreign & Commonwealth Office

I have not received any direct representations on Nepal in recent months on the issues of security, democracy, press freedom and civil liberties. However, my Department regularly receives visitors from a wide range of organisations and backgrounds, who come to raise these issues with us, among many other related concerns on Nepal. Since the beginning of this year we have received the following such representations: the Trade Union Congress who met my hon. Friend the Minister for Trade, Investment and Foreign Affairs (Ian Pearson) on 15 February, Dalit Solidarity Network on 9 February, Action Aid on 8 February, National Peace Campaign on 1 February, Sushil Pyakurel (former Commissioner at the Nepalese National Human Rights Commission) on 24 February, Liz Philipson (an academic funded by the Department for International Development) on 22 February, the Ganesh man Singh Academy on 14 February, International Crisis Group on 10 February and Peace Brigades International on 7 February. We also regularly answer letters from Members about concerns raised by their constituents, many of which raise these issues.

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