Question 14:52:00 Asked by -
To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of (1) reports of violations of the Nagorno-Karabakh ceasefire agreement by the government of Azerbaijan, and (2) the number of Armenian military and civilian personnel who have yet to be released by the government of Azerbaijan.
The Minister of State, Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park) (Con)
Source: Coptic Orthodox Church Centre
Messages were received from Her Majesty the Queen, His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales, the Most Reverend Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury, and Prime Minister Boris Johnson, as the annual Nayrouz (Coptic New Year) Service returned to St Margaret's Church, Westminster Abbey on 9 November 2021.
Addresses were delivered by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon, Prime Minister's Special Representative on Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict and Minster of State for South Asia, UN and the Commonwealth, Baroness Cox of Queensbury and Dr Ewelina Ochab, Deputy Director of Refcemi, Coptic Orthodox Office for Advocacy and Public Policy.
Baroness Caroline Cox Question for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office Nigeria: Christianity
Baroness Cox to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the intensification of jihadist attacks against Christians in Nigeria, as reported by the Gatestone Institute on 10 October; whether they will discuss these attacks with the government of Nigeria; and what further steps, if any, they will take. Asked 12 October 2021
Answered 25 October 2021 By Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park (Conservative, Life peer)
Baroness Cox to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment have they made of whether extremist Islamist ideology is a driver of intercommunal attacks in Nigeria; and what assessment they have made of the findings of the Bishop of Truro’s Independent review of persecution of Christians and freedom of religion or belief. Asked 14 September 2021
Answered 29 September 2021 By Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon (Conservative, Life peer)
The Government condemns all incidents of intercommunal violence in Nigeria, the devastating effects of which are felt by communities of different faiths. The underlying drivers of intercommunal violence are complex and frequently relate to competition over resources and increasing criminality. Islamic extremism is a driver of conflict in the North east and not a driver of intercommunal violence.
Baroness Cox to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports of the Turkish bombing of a hospital in Sinjar on 17 August; and what representations they have made about these reports to the governments of (1) Iraq, and (2) Turkey. Asked 18 August 2021
Answered 2 September 2021 By Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon (Conservative, Life peer)
We regularly reiterate the need for dialogue and cooperation between Iraq and Turkey to combat terrorism, ensure regional security, and protect civilians whilst respecting Iraqi sovereignty. Reports of an attack on a hospital are deeply worrying and it is important that the full facts are established. We have repeatedly called on all parties to uphold their obligations under international humanitarian law, and we are monitoring the situation closely.