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April 24th, 2018

Statement from Caroline Cox on her recent visit to Syria

Meeting internally displaced people from East Ghouta
Statement on Syria, 24th April 2018 Earlier this month, I visited Syria at the invitation of the Syriac Orthodox Patriarch. The visit was self-funded and provided an opportunity to meet Christian and Muslim religious leaders, the Speaker of Parliament, MPs from many parts of Syria and opposition MPs, artists, musicians and intellectuals and members of local communities in Damascus, Saidnaya, Maaloula, Homs and Aleppo....

April 1st, 2018

Baroness Cox talks Syria in Parliament

On 29th March 2018 Baroness Cox responded in the HoL to Lord Roberts of Llandudno’s motion that the House take note of the humanitarian crisis in Syria.  Baroness Cox My Lords, I congratulate the noble Lord, Lord Roberts of Llandudno, on securing this very important debate, and his very moving opening speech....

March 20th, 2018

HART Prize for Human Rights 2018| ‘The Refugee Crisis: Burden-Sharing and Moral Obligations’

With the most number of entries we’ve ever received, the competition was even harder with such exceptional submissions that demonstrated inspiring passion for Human Rights advocacy. Woojin Lim, 17, won 1st place in our HART Prize for Human Rights Junior Essay Category 2018 with his essay titled: The Refugee Crisis, Burden-Sharing and Moral Obligations Around the globe, the number of refugees, asylum-seekers, and internally displaced people top an overwhelming 65 million individuals (Edwards, 2016; Domonoske, 2016)....

March 9th, 2018

Baroness Cox receives answers to her written questions regarding Syria and Sudan

Baroness Cox (Crossbench) asked HM Government 4 questions regarding Syria and efforts to defeat Daesh (‘Islamic State’), as well as recent reports concerning the treatment of political detainees in Sudan. Answers have come from Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon (Conservative Minister of State)....

February 23rd, 2018

House of Lords debate 22/02/18: Oral questions on Syria

Baroness Cox asked a supplementary question yesterday in the HoL, suggesting that the British Government must place greater pressure on jihadist-funding countries such as Saudi Arabia and Qatar to encourage Syrian jihadists to accept the peace treaty offered by the Syrian Government:   Baroness Cox My Lords, is the Minister aware that Eastern Ghouta has been occupied by ISIS and other jihadist groups, such as the Army of Islam, which have been bombing Damascus for years—I saw that bombing coming in when I was last in Damascus— ​and that recently the shelling on Damascus has become so intense that the sky is blackened, especially over Christian areas, and reports are coming in that many people have been killed and injured in Damascus itself?...

February 9th, 2018

UPDATE: Baroness Cox poses written questions to HM Government regarding Nigeria and Syria

Baroness Cox (Crossbench) has posed 6 written questions to the UK Government about recent developments in Syria and Nigeria and has received a response from Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon (Conservative Minister of State), and Earl Howe (Deputy Leader of the House of Lords)....

January 3rd, 2018

Baroness Cox receives answers to her Written Questions on Syria Overseas Aid

Baroness Cox (Crossbench) recently posed two questions to the Government about Syria Overseas Aid, and received written answers from Lord Bates (Conservative Minister of State, Department for International Development) and Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon (Conservative Minister of State)
 Question 1: 14th December 2017 Baroness Cox: To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bates on 23 October (HL1710), which 16 Syrian councils have received funds; whether any of those councils are in areas controlled by extremist groups including Hayat Tahrir Ash Sham and Ahrar Ash Sham; what assessment they have made of whether those funds might be exploited by such groups; and whether they intend to suspend all such financial support....

December 21st, 2017

Baroness Cox Debate on Syria

On 20th December 2017, Baroness Cox and other Peers asked the UK Government about their role in the current situation in Syria, and what they intend to do to rebuild the country after years of ongoing and devastating war.  Question Asked by To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the current situation in Syria....

October 20th, 2017

Baroness Cox Presses Government over Syria

HART’s CEO Baroness Cox spoke in the House of Lords yesterday as part of a series of oral questions scrutinising the UK government’s actions in Syria. Below is Baroness Cox’s question and other highlights.  Watch Baroness Cox’s oral question here....

July 11th, 2017

House of Lords Debate 4th July 2017: Middle East (IRC Report) – Motion to Take Note

On the 4th July, the House of Lords debated actions in Syria, with Lord Howell of Guildford asking the ‘House [to take] note of the Report from the International Relations Committee The Middle East: Time for a New Realism‘. In the debate, Baroness Cox addressed the House with the following statement: My Lords, I thank the noble Lord, Lord Howell, for introducing this debate, highlighting many issues of profound importance in a violent and fragile region in which countries innocent civilians are suffering....
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