June 29th, 2018

Baroness Cox talks continuing violence between communities and armed groups in Nigeria

On the 28th of June, Baroness Cox (crossbench) talks in the House of Lords and asks the UK Government how they will respond to the ongoing crisis in Nigeria. Before speaking, Caroline requested updates from our partner Rev. Hassan John in Jos.   A copy of her full speech ca...

May 10th, 2018

Baroness Cox highlights the conflict in Kachin and Shan States during Parliamentary debate

Baroness Cox brought to the forefront the plight of the Shan and Kachin people during a Parliamentary debate on ‘Recent developments in Myanmar’. In recent weeks, the fighting in Kachin State has intensified, displacing 6000 people, killing hundreds and trapping 3000 in conflict zones....

April 16th, 2018

Sudan’s Political Detainees Finally Released – Should We Be Celebrating?

Background: Why were arrests made?
The Government of Sudan (GoS) introduced austerity measures earlier this year that cut subsidies and stopped the import of wheat. Soon, sporadic waves of peaceful demonstrations erupted that were labelled the ‘Bread protests’....

October 24th, 2017

Baroness Cox questions Government about Religious Freedom in Burma

Baroness Cox recently submitted 4 questions for written answer to the Government, asking what assessments they have made regarding religious freedom in Burma.  Read below the questions and the written answers received. Baroness Cox  To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the military’s role in the persecution of religious minorities throughout Myanmar, including in the Shan and Kachin States....

July 7th, 2016

Baroness Cox asked the British Government about military offensives against civilians by the Government of Sudan

Yesterday Baroness Cox asked the British Government for their position regarding continued military attacks on civilians by the Government of Sudan in South Kordofan, Blue Nile and Darfur. You can read Baroness Cox’s questions and the answers below....

February 4th, 2016

Baroness Cox speaks in the House of Lords supporting amendments to Immigration Bill Committee Stage (4th Day)

Amendment 234A Moved by Lord Alton of Liverpool 234A: After Clause 38, insert the following new Clause— “Conditions for grant of asylum: cases of genocide (1) A person seeking asylum in the United Kingdom who belongs to a national, ethnical, racial or religious group which is, in the place from which that person originates, subject to the conditions detailed in Article II of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, shall be presumed to meet the conditions for asylum in the United Kingdom....

November 20th, 2015

Baroness Cox speaks in International Development Policy Debate in Parliament

Last night, 19/11/2015, Baroness Cox spoke in the Short Debate on International Development Policy in the House of Lords. Baroness Cox drew upon some of HART’s partners experiences of working with DfID and highlighted that bureaucratic policies can make it difficult for excellent civil society organisations to secure necessary funding....

July 15th, 2015

Baroness Cox receives answers to her Written Questions to the British Government regarding recent developments in Sudan

Baroness Cox has received answers from the Minister of State of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office regarding her two written questions concerning recent developments in Sudan:   Question 1:
Baroness Cox, Crossbench To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to make representations at the UN Security Council for renewing the mandate for UNAMID to remain in Darfur, and for enhancing its capacity for civilian protection....

July 10th, 2015

Baroness Cox delivers speech in House of Lords debate on refugees and migrants

  Yesterday, 9th July, Baroness Cox delivered a speech on the refugee crises in Burma and Sudan and the urgent need for cross-border aid, as part of a House of Lords debate on refugees and migrants from Africa and Asia. The debate was initiated by a motion put forward by Lord Alton, “That this House takes note of the displacement of refugees and migrants from Asia and Africa and to the long-term and short-term measures to address their plight”....

June 17th, 2015

Baroness Cox asks the Government to recognise the 1915 killings of Armenians and other ethnic groups as genocide

Yesterday (16th June), Baroness Cox raised a short oral question in the House of Lords, asking the British Government “whether they have any plans to recognise the killings of Armenians, Greeks and Assyrians in 1915 as genocide.” In the year of the 100th anniversary of the killings, this is a particularly relevant issue, and Baroness Cox asked the Government to carry out a review of their current refusal, set out in 2013, to recognise the atrocities as genocide....
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