Hart Weekly Review 13/11/2017

November 13th, 2017

Hart Weekly Review 13/11/2017

Questions in the House of Lords

Baroness Cox recently questioned the government about its work to tackle terrorism and the use of sexual violence.

 

Baroness Caroline Cox speaking in parliament.

 


Baroness Cox

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the recommendation of the Henry Jackson Society’s report Trafficking Terror that an International Legal Task Force should be established to gather evidence on sexual violence as a tactic of terrorism.

 

The Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon) (Con)

My Lords, we condemn the use of sexual violence by terrorist organizations and are committed to holding perpetrators to account. UK law enforcement agencies are already assessing the threat posed by terrorism and human trafficking globally with our multilateral and bilateral partners. Our team of experts is also supporting efforts to gather evidence of sexual violence in conflict. The report makes a number of valid points and we will give them due consideration.

Baroness Cox

I thank the Minister for his sympathetic reply. Is he aware of the scale of money flowing from modern slavery to terrorist organizations such as Islamic State and Boko Haram? According to the report, from just 16 victims taken hostage, Islamic State gained between £98,000 and £198,000 from ransom payments. Slavery is also used to provide a plethora of non-monetary incentives to attract and reward terrorist fighters. Will Her Majesty’s Government consider the broader implications of laws, including the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and the Terrorism Act 2016, to reflect adequately the spectrum of crimes committed by individuals using sexual slavery and violence as a tactic of terrorism?

 

The Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon) (Con)

I assure the noble Baroness that we not only condemn it but act on that. She will be aware of our action at the highest level at the UN Security Council with the passing of Resolution 2331, which addresses the nexus between human trafficking, sexual violence, and terrorism. More recently, as I have said to the House, in September this year at the UN Security Council we passed a resolution specifically to set up an investigative team to gather greater evidence on sexual violence and crimes committed by Daesh in Iraq. That demonstrates the action we are taking at an international level to ensure that we tackle this head on.


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News Round-Up:

Below is quick round-up of the latest news from the countries where our partners work.

 

Burma:

  • Criticism of Aung San Suu Kyi in the west is angering – and mobilizing – her supporters at home, creating concerns that she could be pushed closer to the military generals.

    Supporters in Myanmar’s capital Naypyidaw rally to the defense of Aung San Suu Kyi. Photograph: Aung Shine Oo/AP

 


Nagorno-Karabakh:


Nigeria:

South Sudan:

Health worker Dau Kiir makes a home visit to Lina Abui, who lives in the host community in Ajoung Thok.
© UNICEF South Sudan


Sudan:

  • Sudan’s Al-Bashir visited Uganda today – despite an ICC arrest warrant obliging Uganda to arrest and deliver him to the court. As a signatory to the treaty that created the ICC, Uganda has an obligation to arrest Omar al-Bashir, who is wanted for alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity in Sudan’s Darfur region.
  • Sudan to deliver food aid to South Sudan through N. Kordofan -Local officials in North Kordofan state Sunday said all arrangements have been completed to resume relief operations in South Sudan through a new route connecting the state with the neighboring country.

Sudanese president Al-Bashir


Timor Leste:

 


Uganda:


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