Guantanamo Bay Detainees

Lord Collins of Highbury Excerpts
Thursday 22nd October 2020

(3 years, 8 months ago)

Lords Chamber
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Baroness Sugg Portrait Baroness Sugg (Con) [V]
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My Lords, the case is ultimately one between the parties involved—the UAE, Yemen and the United States—but as the noble Baroness highlights, we remain committed to the promotion of universal freedoms and human rights. As she also highlights, we are more likely to bring about change through engagement, dialogue and co-operation. We will continue our relationship with the UAE and raise human rights issues both in private and in public.

Lord Collins of Highbury Portrait Lord Collins of Highbury (Lab)
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I hear what the noble Baroness says but I repeat: these people have been arbitrarily detained and denied the right to a free trial, and they are now threatened with transportation to a place where they may be tortured, persecuted and killed. There is a clear opportunity for the United Kingdom Government to raise these concerns directly with the UAE. I hope that today, she will confirm that the Government will do that.

Baroness Sugg Portrait Baroness Sugg (Con) [V]
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My Lords, the return of a person to another state where there are substantial grounds to believe that a danger exists of their being subjected to torture is prohibited under international law. I say again that we regularly discuss human rights issues with the UAE. We will continue to monitor events and cases closely and will continue to urge the UAE to uphold international and human rights obligations.