Baroness Caroline Cox Tribute to Her Majesty The Queen

Baroness Caroline Cox Tribute to Her Majesty The Queen

I will never forget the enormous privilege of having afternoon tea with Her Majesty.

I was a junior Minister and this brought the awesome responsibility of being part of a schedule in which one was given responsibility for ‘being the Queen’ on occasions when she could not be present. One did not serve as a representative but served as Her Majesty and was treated accordingly.

This phenomenal responsibility was preceded by an invitation to tea with the Queen. I will never forget her inspirational graciousness, kindness and warmth.

These are characteristics widely appreciated in countless tributes and they testify to her personality which has generated such justified and profound admiration, appreciation and affection.

Baroness Cox Biography

A short while ago Caroline's friends of Caroline's managed to convince her it was time to update her amazing life's  biography by friend and author: Ms Lela Gilbert

BARONESS COX OF QUEENSBURY was appointed a Life Peer in 1982. A former deputy speaker of the House of Lords, she is a tireless advocate for international human rights.

She visits the most forgotten people in the world – often in highly dangerous conditions – to carry their stories of abuse and persecution back to the West. She has risked her life many times while taking aid to war victims in Armenia, Myanmar, Nigeria, Sudan and South Sudan, and Syria.

Happy Birthday - Five Years Old

Happy Birthday - Five Years Old

Today marks five years since first launching a website for my dear friend Lady Cox’s

When being treated by Caroline to tea cakes in the House of Lords in 2016 with my daughter, we asked with so many staff and helpers why haven’t you got your own website and social media?

Caroline replied I don’t know. There was someone who once tried to put up a website. My daughter said my dad will sort this out for you. I've done so voluntarily now for five years since launching the website in 2017 and also the Twitter

@BaronessCoxNews was set up in October 2020.

The website has been now read all over the globe by over 140,000 readers and tweets for Caroline, seen by the tens of thousands each month. Small beginnings perhaps, but with the many supporters of Caroline around the globe, we grow monthly in a positive direction.

Caroline has also been very happy to see the many kind comments on this website left by her supporters and the supportive tweets on Twitter.

Over the coming months, the website is being refurbished and highlighting some of the many charities Caroline supports and is part of you can find the revised list here -

Andrew Haigh.

Baroness Cox cross party bicameral letter to the Foreign Secretary about the deteriorating security situation in Nagorno Karabakh which has become critical.

Baroness Cox has supported the Armenian people since the early 1990's and bases her extensive first hand knowledge on having visited Armenia over 85 times to my knowledge. Below is the latest cross party bicameral letter to the Foreign Secretary about the deteriorating security situation in Nagorno Karabakh which has become critical. The letter sets out six urgent concerns, all of which should be urgently addressed.

The Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss MP Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs

5 August 2022

Dear Foreign Secretary,

The security situation in Nagorno Karabakh is now critical. We have six urgent concerns, all of which require an immediate and meaningful response.

1) Azerbaijani military offensives

Escalating numbers of Armenian villagers are threatened and ordered to leave their homes. As recently as 3 August, Azerbaijani Armed Forces reportedly used drones, grenade launchers and anti-aircraft weapons along the north-western border of the Line of Contact. Two Armenian soldiers were killed and 19 others injured. The attack follows similar Azerbaijani military offensives in the direction of Parukh, Hin Tagher and Khtsaberd villages. These are blatant and recurring breaches of the 2020 ceasefire agreement, which commits each party to “stop at their current positions.”

2) Dangerous rhetoric
Recent military offensives by Azerbaijan are a practical outworking of President Aliyev’s avowed commitment to take “timely steps”, “liberate lands” and “crush the enemy’s head”. During his victory speech after the 44-Day War in 2020, he claimed that territories beyond Nagorno Karabakh – including Armenia’s capital Yerevan – “are our historical lands” and belong to Azerbaijan. He made similar claims in 2013, 2014, 2016 and 2018, promising the return of these territories to Azerbaijan. The UK Government has made no attempt to condemn such provocative rhetoric, nor have OSCE Minsk Group initiatives resulted in a cessation of hostilities.

3) Maltreatment of detainees

Armenia has returned all Azerbaijani prisoners captured during the 44-Day War. Yet many Armenians remain in Azerbaijani custody, a significant proportion of whom are undergoing speedy criminal trials. Some have been filmed or photographed in captivity but with no indication as to their current whereabouts. Tens of others remain vulnerable to killings, torture, indefinite imprisonment or enslavement, with widespread evidence of humiliating treatment and desecration of corpses by Azerbaijani soldiers – a war crime and a further breach of the ceasefire agreement, which commits each party to “the exchange of prisoners of war and other detainees.”

4) No accountability
During the 44-Day War, civilians in Nagorno Karabakh endured almost-daily military offensives by tanks, helicopters, cluster munitions and Smerch multiple rocket launchers – weapons incapable of precision targeting – in breach of international humanitarian law and Geneva conventions. Civilians also suffered widespread destruction of non-military objects, including medical emergency service centres and ambulances, schools and pre-schools, religious sites, food stocks, crops, livestock, electricity and gas plants, and drinking-water installations and supplies. These are war crimes, horribly reminiscent of what is happening in Ukraine.

5) Lachin humanitarian corridor

We continue to receive reports that Azerbaijan prohibits free passage of the Lachin humanitarian corridor (currently the only road linking Armenia to Nagorno Karabakh), all the while seeking to force Armenia into more concessions and further capitulation agreements. Any plans by Azerbaijan to construct a new route along the Lachin corridor must be approved by Armenia, as per the ceasefire agreement.

6) Destruction of Armenian heritage
Serious concerns remain over the fate of hundreds of Armenian Christian monuments and ancient cultural heritage sites, which are now under Azerbaijan’s control – some of which were shelled or erased during the 44-Day War. The sites include 161 churches, the ancient city of Tigranakert, Azokh Paleolithic Cave and the Nor Karmiravan tombs. UNESCO is denied access to the sites by Azerbaijan.

There is an urgent need to end the impunity with which Azerbaijan has carried out such systematic violations of the 2020 ceasefire agreement and international law. Perpetrators of atrocities must be held to account. We must no longer turn a deaf ear to the suffering of the people of Nagorno Karabakh.

Yours sincerely,

Baroness Cox (Crossbench)
Tim Loughton MP (Conservative)
Tim Farron MP (Liberal Democrat)
Lord Boateng (Labour)
Christopher Cocksworth, Lord Bishop of Coventry. Lord Alton of Liverpool (Crossbench)
Marie Rimmer MP (Labour)
Lord Singh of Wimbledon (Crossbench)
Derek Thomas MP (Conservative)
Lord Loomba (Crossbench)
Lord Dholakia (Liberal Democrat)
Lord Curry of Kirkharle (Crossbench)

Letter copy kindly provided by Lord Alton

Picture credits with kind support from The Armenian National Committee of the United Kingdom (ANC-UK) is the most influential British-Armenian grassroots organization.

Post provided by Andrew Haigh.

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Baroness Cox Questions for Department of Health and Social Care Nurses: Vacancies

Baroness Cox Three Questions for Department of Health and Social Care Nurses: Vacancies

Baroness Caroline Cox is also Vice President, The Royal College of Nursing of the UK.

First Written Question -
Baroness Cox asked: Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by the Royal College of Nursing Nursing Under Unsustainable Pressures: Staffing for Safe and Effective Care in the UK, published on 6 June; and what steps they intend to take in response to the findings in that report that (1) 83 per cent of respondents reported there were not enough nursing staff on their last shift to meet all patient needs safely and effectively, and (2) only 25 per cent of shifts had the planned number of registered nurses. Asked 8 June 2022