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Italian MPs support an international appeal for Hong Kong

Italian MPs support an international appeal for Hong Kong

Lord Chris Patten, the last British governor of Hong Kong, has called for a United Nations special envoy to be appointed to defend human rights in the city amid a growing international outcry against China’s move to impose a controversial national security law intended to crush dissent. “The establishment of an international contact group to coordinate a global response would

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International appeal on the “flagrant breach of the Sino-British Joint Declaration”

International appeal on the “flagrant breach of the Sino-British Joint Declaration”

A cross-party international coalition of 682 parliamentarians and policymakers from 36 countries today issued a statement decrying Beijing’s “unilateral introduction of national security legislation in Hong Kong”, and calling for sympathetic governments to unite against this “flagrant breach of the Sino-British Joint Declaration”. Led by the former Governor of Hong Kong, Lord Patten, and the former UK Foreign Secretary, Sir

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Ten years of questions and answers at the House of Commons

Ten years of questions and answers at the House of Commons

In October 2019, the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and Extreme Poverty, Philip Alston, made the following statement: “citizens are becoming ever more visible to their governments, but not the other way around.” Federica Donati set out to analyze the Prime Minister’s Question Time (PMQs) from 2010 to 2020 because it is deemed to be a way of subjecting

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The civilised world?

The civilised world?

One of the most alarming, and indeed depressing sights of the last week was that of various unsavoury beefy men carrying automatic weapons and storming Michigan’s Capitol building in protest at the measures the governor has sensibly introduced to prevent the coronavirus spreading. Why were they carrying such weapons? As a European, I cannot understand the American mentality that is

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Will Brexit lead to a dis-United Kingdom?

Will Brexit lead to a dis-United Kingdom?

When the Scottish people were asked to vote in a historic referendum nearly six years ago to decide whether or not Scotland would be remaining part of the United Kingdom, 55.30% of voters expressed their disapproval, abandoning the dream of an independent Scotland. The primary aim of this article is to discuss the negotiation process that led Scotland and the

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Invisible hammer hanging over British people’s head

Invisible hammer hanging over British people’s head

Operation Yellowhammer aims to mitigate the disruptive effects of Brexit within the UK, and should last about three months. It was developed by the Civil Contingencies Secretariat (CCS), a department of the Cabinet Office responsible for emergency planning. To better prepare the British public for the eventuality of a no deal exit, the publication of document excerpts was expected on

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House of Commons adopts a “contempt motion”

House of Commons adopts a “contempt motion”

Tuesday 4 December the House of Commons voted in favour of a “contempt motion” for the Government May’s failure to publish the legal advice by Attorney General Geoffrey Cox concerning the EU Withdrawal Agreement. With 311 votes in favor and 293 against, the British MPs approved a motion finding Ministers in contempt and establishing the immediate publication of the full

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Update on lessons of Chilcot

Update on lessons of Chilcot

On May 30, the Iraq War Family Campaign Group (IWFCG) issued an update on the campaign to hold government to account, started after the publication of the Report of the Chilcot Inquiry. Following the submissions filed in April by the IWFCG to the Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee (PACAC) entitled “Safeguards for proper Government decision making”, calling for stronger

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