November 18th, 2014
November 2014), members of the House of Lords participated in the Second Reading of the Modern Slavery Bill.
Baroness Cox’s speech focused on three key areas of the Bill that require amendments in order for it more completely confront slavery in its many forms....
October 31st, 2014
On Thursday October 30th
2014, Baroness Cox raised a question in the House of Lords on the recent developments in Nigeria. The Baroness asked “Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of recent developments in Nigeria, with particular reference to the terrorist activities of Boko Haram.”
The Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Baroness Anelay of St Johns, acknowledged the serious threat posed to Nigeria by Boko Haram, highlighting that “more than 3,000 people have been killed by Boko Haram this year and more than 1.5 million people have been displaced.” Moreover, the Minister reported the government’s awareness of “reports that Nigerian authorities have agreed a ceasefire with Boko Haram and are in ongoing negotiations.” The minister also mentioned the government’s knowledge of “reports of Boko Haram attacks since the ceasefire announcement.” The government, Baroness Anelay concluded, is “[monitoring] events closely.”
Baroness Cox then brought to the Peers’ attention that, having visited areas afflicted by Boko Haram’s insurgency, “the scale of suffering to which [the Minister] refers massively exceeds that reported by the media.” She highlighted that “this year alone 2,000 women and girls have been abducted”, a figure that includes “the widely publicized kidnapping of the schoolgirls at Chibok”....
October 31st, 2014
Of the 30 million people around the world currently estimated to be living in slavery, the majority are in the private sector. Their situation is often hidden at the bottom of long, convoluted supply chains, allowing big businesses to abdicate responsibility for the exploi...
August 20th, 2014
Baroness Cox has joined a group of 91 individuals and organisations in writing to South Sudanese leaders, urging them to immediately end the conflict, commit to the peace process and ensure the delivery of humanitarian aid. The press release follows, and the full text of the letter can be downloaded below. ...
July 15th, 2014
On Monday 14th July, Baroness Cox raised a short question on Sudan for debate in the House of Lords. She asked Her Majesty’s Government “what is their assessment of human rights in the Republic of Sudan”
, then moved into a short speech in which she spoke with “a heavy heart from first-hand evidence”.
June 18th, 2014
On the 17th
June, Baroness Cox asked Her Majesty’s Government “what is their assessment of the situation in the city of Mosul following its capture by Islamic militant members of the Islamic State of Iraq and ash-Sham (ISIS); and of the safety of those who have fled the cit
June 12th, 2014
In her contribution to the debate on the Queens’ Speech, Baroness Cox highlighted the plight of women suffering from sexual violence in war, particularly in places where Governments allow it to continue with impunity.
Baroness Cox reminded peers that all is not well...
February 4th, 2014
Baroness Cox’s Credo, in which she sets out the beliefs and inspiration guiding her work, has been published in the Times.
She says of HART’s work and mission:
“We try to serve and speak for other people denied their freedom and trapped in conflict, including the Rohingya Muslim, Shan Buddhist and Christian Kachin peoples in Burma; and the peoples of Sudan and South Sudan who have suffered far too much for far too long....
December 23rd, 2013
On the 18th December, Baroness Cox joined a short debate on North Korea, raised by Lord Alton of Liverpool.
Lord Alton asked the British Government “what is their assessment of the impact of events in North Korea on security and human rights”.
His question followed the recent execution of Chang Song-thaek, uncle of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, and a powerful figure in the country....