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Restriction on assistance to governments involved in gross violations of human rights


Mr Edward Leigh
Bob Spink


To move the following Clause:—

    '(1)   The Secretary of State shall prepare and lay before Parliament a list of those countries whose governments he considers to engage in or tolerate gross violations of human rights, as defined in subsections (2) and (3) below, and other countries may be added to (or deleted from) the list by resolution of the House of Commons.

    (2)   In determining whether a country is in gross violation of human rights, as described in subsection (3) below, the Secretary of State shall give particular consideration to whether a foreign government—

      (a) has engaged in gross violations of the right to freedom of religion; or

      (b) has failed to undertake serious and sustained efforts to combat gross violations of the right to freedom of religion, when such efforts could have been reasonably undertaken; or

      (c) has engaged in persecution of individuals or groups on the basis of their ethnic origin or membership of a particular ethnic group.

    (3)   In this section "gross violations of human rights" includes a consistent pattern of torture or cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment or punishment, prolonged detention without charges, causing the disappearance of persons by the abduction or clandestine detention of those powers, or other flagrant denial of the right to life, liberty, or the security of persons.

    (4)   No assistance shall be provided under Part I of this Act to the government of any country for the time being included in the list in existence under subsection (1) (provided that this section does not prohibit or restrict the provision of medicine, medical equipment or supplies, food, or other humanitarian assistance).'.

Annual review of department's work and performance


Mrs Caroline Spelman
Mr Nick Hawkins
Dr Julian Lewis


To move the following Clause:—

    '(1)   The Secretary of State shall ensure that there is an annual review of the department's work, and that the department's performance is measured against stated international development targets.

    (2)   The Secretary of State shall ensure that the results of the annual review are published in an annual report, and that the annual report is debated before Parliament.'.

Conditions applicable to aid disbursed via third parties


Mrs Caroline Spelman
Mr Nick Hawkins
Dr Julian Lewis


To move the following Clause:—

       'The Secretary of State shall make arrangements to ensure that no United Kingdom Government aid for a developing country or countries which is to be dispersed via a third party (including multilateral development banks, United Nations agencies, the European Development Fund, and institutions of the European Union) is made available to that third party unless he is satisfied that it is likely to contribute to the achivement of the objectives set out in section 1 above applicable to development assistance.'.


Mr Edward Leigh


Page     1,     line     5     [Clause     1],     at beginning insert 'Subject to subsection (1A) below,'.


Mr Edward Leigh


Page     1,     line     7     [Clause     1],     at end insert—

    '(1A)   Assistance under this Act in relation to matters of population control, family planning, or sexual and reproductive health care, may not be provided to any programme of a person or body that assists, finances, practises or promotes (either directly or indirectly) forced abortion or forced sterilisation or forced contraception or which facilitates (either directly or indirectly) any form of coercion in relation to those said activities, in any country where evidence exists of coercion.

    (1B)   For the purposes of subsection (1A) above, coercion includes intimidation of a physical, psychological, financial, penal or other kind.

    (1C)   Subsection (1A) above is without prejudice to the exercise of the Secretary of State's discretion to provide assistance to any person or body not specified therein.'.

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