Exploitation of Oil in Sudan

House of Lords Monday, 9th July 2001. Sudan Baroness Cox asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their response to recent developments in Sudan. The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Baroness Amos): My Lords, we remain focused on...

Queen's Speech: Sudan

Debate on The Queen’s Speech, November 24th 2004 Lord Alton of Liverpool (Independent Crossbencher): My Lords, there have been many rich themes in today's debate on the gracious Speech. In reflecting perhaps one of the Government's own priorities in the gracious...

Sudan: Slavery

Baroness Scotland of Asthal: My Lords, the Government are taking a role in relation to this issue, and have done so for some considerable time. The abduction of women and children is a serious and distressing issue to which we pay particular attention. Our ambassador...

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For 18 years David Alton was a Member of the House of Commons and today he is an Independent Crossbench Life Peer in the UK House of Lords.

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I have joined with CSW and other organisations and individuals in writing to United Nations officials and the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights urging them for urgent assistance for Eritrean refugees in Ethiopia’s Tigray region, where a violent conflict has been taking place since 4 November. On Wednesday I have a question in Parliament asking what access has been granted to the region to establish the truth of what has happened.

I have joined with CSW and other organisations and individuals in writing to United Nations officials and the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights urging them for urgent assistance for Eritrean refugees in Ethiopia’s Tigray region, where a violent conflict has been taking place since 4 November. On Wednesday I have a question in Parliament asking what access has been granted to the region to establish the truth of what has happened.

Question in Parliament to be taken on Wednesday - Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask HMG, further to the announcement by the government of Ethiopia on 30 November that military operations in the northern Tigray region are complete, what assessment they have made of the...

UK Government says it is “closely monitoring the deeply concerning case of Arzoo Raja” – abducted, forcibly converted, and forcibly married, in Pakistan and sets out what it is doing to support reform. Meanwhile, CLAAS Human rights are being violated on a daily basis by the law enforcement agencies and the government is not paying attention. Think of the theft of young teenage girls like Arzoo Raja, Farah Shaheen, Huma Younus, and Maria Shahbaz and ask yourself what would you say or do if this was your daughter or your sister.

UK Government says it is “closely monitoring the deeply concerning case of Arzoo Raja” – abducted, forcibly converted, and forcibly married, in Pakistan and sets out what it is doing to support reform. Meanwhile, CLAAS Human rights are being violated on a daily basis by the law enforcement agencies and the government is not paying attention. Think of the theft of young teenage girls like Arzoo Raja, Farah Shaheen, Huma Younus, and Maria Shahbaz and ask yourself what would you say or do if this was your daughter or your sister.

In parliament, on  nearly a dozen occasions in the past few weeks, and, over the years, around forty times, I have raised the issue of forced conversions in questions and speeches.  In recent months I have also written letters to the authorities in Pakistan...