Canlyniadau 141–160 o 4080 ar gyfer speaker:Hugh Robertson

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

Hugh Robertson: Recent allegations of torture and mistreatment in Egyptian prisons are deeply worrying. A recent Amnesty International report suggests that up to 400 civilians are being held without charge at the Azouli prison, with no access to their lawyers or families. The European Union made a statement at the 26th Human Rights Council regarding the treatment of prisoners in Egypt. The statement...

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

Hugh Robertson: The Foreign and Commonwealth Office receives daily updates from our posts in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. We have offered practical support. The Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, my right hon. Friend the Member for Richmond (Yorks) (Mr Hague), spoke to the Israeli Foreign Minister on 17 June about this issue. I also discussed this issue with both Israeli and Palestinian...

[Mr George Howarth in the Chair] — Burma (Persecution of Minorities) (25 Meh 2014)

Hugh Robertson: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Howarth. I congratulate the hon. Member for Bradford East (Mr Ward) on securing this debate on an important issue. Having said that, I start by apologising to him, because I do not have ministerial responsibility for Burma. The Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, my right hon. Friend the Member for East Devon (Mr Swire),...

[Mr George Howarth in the Chair] — Burma (Persecution of Minorities) (25 Meh 2014)

Hugh Robertson: The hon. Gentleman, who has extensive military experience, is absolutely right. He would have been interested to hear the absolutely spellbinding speech made by the Australian Chief of the Defence Force on exactly that issue and what needs to happen to ensure success. All those who were there for that speech heard that message loud and clear. The hon. Gentleman is absolutely right—I would...

[Mr George Howarth in the Chair] — Burma (Persecution of Minorities) (25 Meh 2014)

Hugh Robertson: I am grateful to my hon. Friend for that intervention, with which I entirely agree. The longer I spend in the Foreign Office, the more I begin to realise that engagement with countries that do not accept our norms and standards is uncomfortable; there is no doubt about that, but I am absolutely convinced that engagement is the correct approach. If we fail to engage and simply stand off from a...

[Mr George Howarth in the Chair] — Burma (Persecution of Minorities) (25 Meh 2014)

Hugh Robertson: I entirely understand that frustration. The hope is that a policy of constructive engagement will help to move the whole piece along. I acknowledge that the situation may move much more slowly than we all would want, and that those who are affected will be annoyed and frustrated by the pace of change and will wonder why more is not happening internationally. I understand all the frustrations...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Palestinians (25 Meh 2014)

Hugh Robertson: We have not raised this specific issue with the Israeli authorities. However, we repeatedly make clear to the Israeli authorities our serious concerns about continued demolitions of Palestinian property and the need to abide by their other obligations under international law. Officials from our embassy in Tel Aviv raised the issue of demolitions in general on 28 May with Prime Minister...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Syria (25 Meh 2014)

Hugh Robertson: The UK was among the first to express concern at allegations that chemical weapons had again been used in Syria, and called for them to be investigated. On 29 April the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) Director General announced he was establishing a Fact Finding Mission to determine the truth behind recent allegations of chemical weapon use in Syria. The UK has...

[Mr James Gray in the Chair] — Human Rights: Saudi Arabia (24 Meh 2014)

Hugh Robertson: I thank the hon. Member for North Ayrshire and Arran (Katy Clark) for securing this debate. I join the shadow Minister, the hon. Member for Wrexham (Ian Lucas), in offering sincere condolences to the family and friends of Nahid Almanea, the Saudi Arabian student who was tragically killed in Colchester last Tuesday. I am sure I speak for everyone in saying that our thoughts are with her...

[Mr James Gray in the Chair] — Human Rights: Saudi Arabia (24 Meh 2014)

Hugh Robertson: It is a point well made and one that I have clearly taken on board. I thank my hon. Friend the Member for Shrewsbury and Atcham for his work with the all-party group, and I wish him good fortune in expanding the number of people on his visit next time round. However, there is a serious point here. He is absolutely right that although Saudi Arabia is a deeply conservative country, powerful...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Bahrain (24 Meh 2014)

Hugh Robertson: We believe that the only way to promote peace and stability in Bahrain and address the legitimate aspirations of all Bahrainis is through dialogue leading to an inclusive political settlement. With elections in October, we hope that this is an opportunity to reach a deal. We encourage all sides to engage constructively in this process.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Bangladesh (24 Meh 2014)

Hugh Robertson: Bangladesh’s political parties must address political accountability and find a long-term solution to run participatory and non violent parliamentary elections. The Senior Minister of State, my noble Friend the right hon. Baroness Warsi, last discussed this issue with the Bangladesh Foreign Minister on 12 June. Reports of intimidation, violence and interference in local elections must be...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Bangladesh (24 Meh 2014)

Hugh Robertson: The 10th parliamentary elections in Bangladesh were held on 5 January in accordance with Bangladesh’s constitution. Voters in more than half the constituencies did not have the opportunity to express their will at the ballot box and that turnout in most other constituencies was low. The British Government continue to encourage Bangladesh’s political parties to support political dialogue...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Bangladesh (24 Meh 2014)

Hugh Robertson: The FCO Travel Advice is designed to provide information that will help British nationals stay safe when they travel abroad. It is updated frequently with information and advice for those planning to travel abroad. Any threats to British nationals are reflected in the advice we publish and this is reviewed and amended as necessary on a regular basis. Campaigns under the Know Before You Go...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Bangladesh (24 Meh 2014)

Hugh Robertson: We are not aware of any recent action taken by the US against Bangladesh.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: United Arab Emirates (24 Meh 2014)

Hugh Robertson: We regularly discuss migrant workers’ rights with the Government of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). In addition, we made recommendations relating to the living and working conditions of foreign workers during the UAE’s last Universal Periodic Review at the UN Human Rights Council.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Western Sahara (24 Meh 2014)

Hugh Robertson: We regularly emphasise to Morocco the importance of full respect for human rights in Western Sahara. Minister Robertson discussed this issue during his trip to Rabat in March this year. We are aware of reports that Abdalah Boukiod has been on hunger strike since 20 May. We do not have further information on the state of his health.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Bahrain (23 Meh 2014)

Hugh Robertson: We are concerned about the death of Syed Mahmood on 21 May 2014. The Ministry of Interior has launched an investigation and we await their findings. We urge the Government of Bahrain to ensure the investigation is thorough, transparent and timely.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Iran (23 Meh 2014)

Hugh Robertson: Independent unions and labour organisations have been heavily repressed in Iran, and many members have been jailed or harassed. The UK has repeatedly called on Iran to fulfil its international and domestic obligations to allow freedom of expression to all Iranians. We are aware of the detention of Shahrokh Zamani, a member of the Founding Board of the Syndicate of Paint Workers of Tehran, who...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Iran (23 Meh 2014)

Hugh Robertson: The UK welcomed President Rouhani’s comments in 2013 that all Iranians, including religious minorities, should “feel justice.” Unfortunately, there has been little noticeable change in the approach taken by Iran’s security and judicial authorities. The UK has repeatedly called on the Iranian Government to end all persecution of individuals on the basis of their faith, and to guarantee...


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