Canlyniadau 121–140 o 4080 ar gyfer speaker:Hugh Robertson

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Egypt (30 Meh 2014)

Hugh Robertson: The decision on whether to travel to Egypt, or any other country, is for each individual to make. The purpose of Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) Travel Advice is to help individuals make an informed decision. We advise anyone considering visiting Egypt to read the FCO Travel Advice before travelling.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Egypt (30 Meh 2014)

Hugh Robertson: UKTI officials in Egypt are closely monitoring progress towards the building of new nuclear power stations in Egypt and will work to promote appropriate opportunities for British companies.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Egypt (30 Meh 2014)

Hugh Robertson: My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs discussed the Muslim Brotherhood with former Egyptian Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy on 14 May.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Egypt (30 Meh 2014)

Hugh Robertson: My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs has yet to meet his new counterpart, Foreign Minister Sameh Shukri who was sworn in on 17 June. He did raise the issue of parliamentary elections and the need for political inclusiveness with former Egyptian Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy on 14 May before the new law was passed.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Egypt (30 Meh 2014)

Hugh Robertson: The new parliamentary elections law, enacted by the decree of former interim President Adly Mansour on 5 June, increases the number of parliamentary seats to 567, with 420 seats to be elected by single member constituencies and 120 through party lists. On 3 June, my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs issued a statement urging Egypt’s leaders to...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Egypt (30 Meh 2014)

Hugh Robertson: The new parliamentary elections law was enacted by decree of the former interim President Adly Mansour on 5 June. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office did not have direct discussions with the committee of legislative reform in Egypt.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Egypt (30 Meh 2014)

Hugh Robertson: My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs made a statement on 23 June expressing his concerns and urging the Egyptian Government to demonstrate their commitment to freedom of expression by reviewing this case as a matter of urgency. The Egyptian ambassador Ashraf el-Kholy was summoned to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) on 23 June. FCO...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Egypt: Libya (30 Meh 2014)

Hugh Robertson: The National Security Adviser visited Egypt on 10- 11 June and Libya on 16 June, and discussed the situation on the Libyan-Egyptian border with the then Egyptian Foreign Minister Fahmy and Libyan PM Al Thinni. We will continue to discuss means to lessen the threat along Libya’s borders with the Government of Libya and those of neighbouring states. The UK is providing direct support to...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Interception Warrants (30 Meh 2014)

Hugh Robertson: It is the long standing policy of successive Governments not to comment on matters of intelligence. I would refer the hon. Member to Section 3 of the 2013 Annual Report of the Interception of Communications Commissioner, the right hon. Sir Anthony May, which was presented to Parliament pursuant of Section 58(6) of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Iran (30 Meh 2014)

Hugh Robertson: We are aware of the arrest and imprisonment of Pastor Behnam Irani. We remain deeply concerned about the detention and treatment of all prisoners of conscience in Iran and the ongoing discrimination against Christians and other minority religious groups. We have called for the Iranian government to protect the rights of all minority groups in Iran and end the persecution of individuals on the...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Iran (30 Meh 2014)

Hugh Robertson: We are aware of the arrests of Silas Rabbani, Karaj Farshid, Fathi Alireza, Seyydin, Mohammad Rohangir, Surush Saraie, Escander Rezale, Shahnin Lahouty and Medhei Ameruni. We remain deeply concerned about the detention and treatment of all prisoners of conscience in Iran and the ongoing discrimination against Christians and other minority religious groups. We have called for the Iranian...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Performance Appraisal (30 Meh 2014)

Hugh Robertson: The 2014 validation process for staff performance ratings is not yet complete for 2013-14. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) takes seriously its obligations to collect diversity data as required by the Equality Act 2010. Information about the diversity and makeup of our staff is listed in the FCO's Diversity and Equality Report. All staff have been asked to provide personal disability...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Western Sahara (30 Meh 2014)

Hugh Robertson: Foreign and Commonwealth Office officials regularly meet POLISARIO Front representatives to discuss Western Sahara. Officials also undertake visits to the region, and to the refugee camps at Tindouf. British Ministers do not have direct contact with the POLISARIO Front.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Bahrain (26 Meh 2014)

Hugh Robertson: The UK works closely with the Government of Bahrain to provide targeted and practical assistance in torture prevention, judicial reform, civil service capacity building and community policing. During my visit to Bahrain in June for the UK-Bahrain Joint Working Group, I discussed the importance of human rights and political reform and UK assistance with the Bahraini authorities. We also...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Bahrain (26 Meh 2014)

Hugh Robertson: We continue to monitor the human rights situation in Bahrain. The UK unreservedly condemns the use of torture and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment as a matter of fundamental principle. Our Torture and Mistreatment Reporting Guidance, published in March 2011, reiterates the long-standing policy that our staff must report any allegation about suspected torture or cruel,...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Bahrain (26 Meh 2014)

Hugh Robertson: We work closely with the Government of Bahrain to provide targeted and practical assistance in torture prevention, judicial reform, civil service capacity building and community policing. We also continue to encourage all sides to engage constructively in political dialogue in order to reach an inclusive political settlement.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Bahrain (26 Meh 2014)

Hugh Robertson: We assess every country where we have human rights concerns before the end of each calendar year for possible inclusion as a country of concern in the annual human rights report. The next global assessment will therefore take place shortly before the end of 2014.

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

Hugh Robertson: We take human rights very seriously and follow the situation in Bangladesh closely, raising concerns where there are credible allegations. We welcome the Bangladesh Government’s assurances that they are committed to protecting human rights and recognise the positive progress that has been made across a range of social development indicators. However, allegations of extrajudicial killings,...

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

Hugh Robertson: We are clear that the International Crimes Tribunal (ICT) must improve the way it operates. We have concerns that the ICT process does not adequately meet international fair trials standards. This is a message that we give consistently, both publicly and privately. We have also made clear that we are opposed to the death penalty in all circumstances in all countries. During Bangladesh's 2nd...

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

Hugh Robertson: We are clear that the International Crimes Tribunal (ICT) must operate in a manner that meets international fair trials standards. This is a message that we give consistently, both publicly 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...


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