THURSDAY 10 DECEMBER 2015
1. International Human Rights Day:
– Stephen Timms: One of the submissions that I and, no doubt, others received ahead of this debate asked us to draw attention to human rights violations being suffered by the people of Palestine. It listed articles that are being breached there, such as article 9, which states: “No one shall be subjected to arbitrary arrest, detention or exile.” I hope that we will see progress in that country as well. [extract] – Alan Brown: I do not have time to mention all the human rights abuses in different countries, but we have already heard about Burma, Sri Lanka, Chad and the Congo. Palestine has not yet been mentioned [sic], although that issue is worthy of a debate in itself. [extract] http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201516/cmhansrd/cm151210/debtext/151210-0003.htm#15121050000002
– Andy Slaughter: Palestine, which has been mentioned today, has undergone nearly 50 years of occupation, and there are more than 500,000 settlers, although that is illegal under international law. In Gaza, 1.8 million people have been blockaded, victims of collective punishment. [extract] http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201516/cmhansrd/cm151210/debtext/151210-0004.htm
2. Higher Education: Overseas Students:
– Lord Hylton: Is the Minister aware of the difficulties faced by Palestinian students, who first have to go to Jordan to get their visas, which involves passing through many Israeli checkpoints on the way, before paying a large fee? Do the Government already have discretion to waive fees for poor students, particularly for those coming for short visits to take part in a conference or a performance in this country, for example? [Text] – Lord Bates: Any plans to change the system on the fees depends on the relationship with the university in the UK. Presumably a relationship can be negotiated on the financial assistance which might be given to such students. Of course it would be entirely open to the universities to make such offers as they wish. However, it is an important part of the verification process to introduce television or visual interviews with students, because that has made a significant improvement in the quality and calibre of the students coming to our institutions. [Text] http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/ld201516/ldhansrd/text/151210-0001.htm#15121052000803
Lords Oral Answers
3. Earl of Clancarty: What representations are HMG making to the government of Saudi Arabia in the case of Ashraf Fayadh?
[extract from Lady Anelay’s reply: “We are aware of, and concerned about, the case of Palestinian national Mr Ashraf Fayadh.”] http://www.parliament.uk/business/publications/written-questions-answers-statements/written-question/Lords/2015-12-02/HL4173
Lords Written Answers
WEDNESDAY 9 DECEMBER 2015
1. Baroness Tonge: What representations have HMG made to the government of Israel about reports that Israeli vehicles entered the northern Gaza Strip near Jabalia and created earth mounds to prevent Palestinian farmers from accessing their land?
2. Baroness Tonge: What representations have HMG made to the government of Israel about the number of Palestinians killed or injured in October and November?
3. Baroness Tonge: What representations have HMG made to the government of Israel concerning the use of hollow-point bullets by the Israel Defence Forces?
4. Lord Chidgey: In which countries have local FM radio stations broadcasting BBC World Service programmes in-country been closed down by the authorities in each year from 1999 to 2014? [Baroness Anelay’s reply revealed that closures were experienced i.a. in Israel 2008 to 2011]
Lords Written Answers
TUESDAY 8 DECEMBER 2015
1. Baroness Tonge: What representations have HMG made to the government of Israel regarding the use of skunk water on children, homes, and streets, in the Qitoun neighbourhood of Hebron in November?
2. Lord Hylton: What action are HMG taking, and advocating to others, in order to boost Palestinian economic activity in Zones B and C of the occupied West Bank?
3. Lord Hylton: Will HMG support the World Bank programme for the registration of Palestinian land titles in the West Bank?
Now 1-3 Lords Written Answers
MONDAY 7 DECEMBER 2015
1. Tania Mathias: For what reason did UK consular services not allow medical experts from Gaza to travel to the UK to attend the recent conference at Kingston University on trauma in war zones?
Commons Written Answers
2. Baroness Tonge: What representations have HMG made to the government of Israel regarding the closure by Israeli forces of two stone factories in a village south of Bethlehem for security reasons, after incidents of stone throwing in the vicinity?
3. Baroness Tonge: What representations have HMG made to the government of Israel regarding the retention by Israel of the bodies of suspected Palestinian combatants, rather than returning those bodies to their families?
4. Baroness Tonge: What representations have HMG made to the government of Israel following reports that the Israeli army is preventing a Palestinian woman from travelling to her own wedding ceremony in Jordan?
5. Lord Hylton: What influence will HMG and the EU exert to secure the lifting of restrictions imposed on Palestinians in and near Hebron?
Nos 2-5 Lords Written Answers