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Unique Identifying Number – Every written question in the House of Commons has a UIN per Parliament. In the House of Lords each written questions has a UIN per parliamentary session.
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Asked on: 19 February 2019
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government when they last made representations to the government of Pakistan to secure the safe passage of Asia Bibi from that country.
Asked on: 19 February 2019
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Sudan about (1) the harassment of the British citizen, Yousra Elbagir, after reporting for Channel Four News about protests in Sudan, and (2) the jailing of Sudanese journalists.
Asked on: 19 February 2019
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the Ambassador of Sudan about the reports of human rights violations, including killings, torture, rape and imprisonment of women and children involved in countrywide protests against the government of Sudan in that country.
Asked on: 19 February 2019
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have asked the United Nations–African Union Mission to halt its withdrawal of peacekeepers from Sudan and the handing over of its camps to the government of Sudan until the current situation in Sudan has been reassessed; and if not, why not.
Asked on: 19 February 2019
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they made of the number of people involved in the nationwide protests in Sudan; what assessment they have made of the scale of the current protests compared to the protests in that country in 1964 and 1985; and whether they plan to meet the Sudanese alliance of opposition groups to discuss their "Declaration For Freedom and Change"; and if so, when.
Asked on: 19 February 2019
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to ask the United Nations Human Rights Council to (1) reappoint a Special Rapporteur on Human Rights violations in Sudan, and (2) establish an independent international committee to investigate the actions of the government of Sudan against its own people.
Asked on: 18 February 2019
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to bring members of ISIS captured in Syria to justice for crimes against humanity and genocide; and whether they are assisting in the creation of a regional tribunal to hear such cases.
Asked on: 14 February 2019
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Sudan: British Nationals Abroad
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they have taken to secure the release of UK passport holders jailed by the government of Sudan after taking part in protests in that country.
Asked on: 13 February 2019
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Cameroon: Armed Conflict
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports of the Biya regime in Cameroon (1) burning down Kumba hospital, (2) destroying villages, and (3) abducting Southern Cameroonian students from their student accommodation.
Asked on: 13 February 2019
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Nicaragua: Sanctions
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the decision by the government of the United States to impose sanctions under the Global Magnitsky Act against leading members of Nicaragua’s Ortega regime; whether they have considered emulating that decision; and when they last discussed a global approach to selective sanctions in Nicaragua with the government of the United States.
Asked on: 13 February 2019
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Nicaragua: Politics and Government
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by the Inter-American Commission for Human Rights Gross Human Rights Violations in the Context of Social Protests in Nicaragua, published on 21 June 2018; how many people they estimate to have been killed, wounded, or detained by the Nicaraguan authorities since the start of the Ortega regime; and what assessment they have made of reports of (1) medical staff being removed from their posts for providing medical help to injured protestors, (2) disappeared journalists, and (3) disbanded non-governmental organisations in that country.
Asked on: 12 February 2019
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
China: Human Rights
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to make further representations to the government of China on granting the UN full access to re-education camps.
Asked on: 12 February 2019
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
China: Ethnic Groups
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations, if any, they have made to the government of China, following recent newspaper reports of deaths of Uighurs from malnourishment, electrocution and torture in camps in Western China.
Asked on: 12 February 2019
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
China: Ethnic Groups
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had, if any, with other governments about the potential to make joint representations to the government of China on the treatment of the Uighur population.
Asked on: 12 February 2019
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
China: Religious Freedom
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the treatment of different religious groups by the government of China, including the treatment of Uighur Muslims, Christians, Falun Gong and Tibetan Buddhists; and what assessment they have made of whether the treatment of those groups is part of a wider effort by the government of China to suppress religious groups.
Asked on: 12 February 2019
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
China: Human Rights
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that Uighur Muslims detained in China have undergone unwanted blood, tissue and DNA tests; what they believe to be the purpose of any such tests; and whether there is evidence of state-sanctioned organ harvesting from non-consenting religious prisoners of conscience, including Uighur Muslims.
Asked on: 12 February 2019
Department for International Development
Pakistan: Religious Freedom
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bates on 12 February (HL13192), whether they will now answer the question put.
Asked on: 11 February 2019
Department for Education
Universities: Admissions
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by the Minister for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation on 28 March 2018 (HC Deb, col 408WH) about unconditional university offers and autonomy over admissions, what data they hold on the number of students with offers for study at British universities with admission for deferred entry who were contacted by the Admissions and Access Service of those universities to indicate that they would no longer be offered their intended course; what assessment they have made of the cost implications that such decisions hold for each prospective student who as a result may be obliged to pursue their intended studies further afield; and what compensatory arrangements they consider to be appropriate for the failure to honour such places offered to students who satisfied previously advertised admissions criteria.
Asked on: 11 February 2019
Department of Health and Social Care
NHS: Crimes of Violence
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Blackwood of North Oxford on 7 February (HL13091), how many of those assaults occurred in (1) accident and emergency departments , (2) general mental health wards, (3) forensic mental health wards, and (4) other departments or wards; and whether they have categorised such assaults by the seriousness of injuries sustained.
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