The Library has published a series of briefings on international dimensions of the coronavirus pandemic since March 2020, ranging from general surveys of its impact on developing countries to assessments of its effects in specific situations. Links to these briefings can be found here.…Read more
British National (Overseas) status was created for people who lost their British Dependent Territories Citizenship upon the handover of sovereignty of Hong Kong in 1997. The government has responded to recent developments in Hong Kong by signalling a readiness to extend immigration options for people with British National (Overseas) status.…Read more
What is aid? What is the UN 0.7% aid target and why has the UK adopted it? Which government departments spend UK aid? What impact does UK aid have? What will be the impact of Brexit on UK aid? These and other questions are answered in an accessible way in this briefing paper.…Read more
A debate on ‘Human rights in Kashmir’ has been scheduled for Thursday 23 April 2020 in the Main Chamber. The debate has been nominated by the Backbench Business Committee after a representation from Debbie Abrahams MP and Yasmin Qureshi MP…Read more
Refugees camps are especially vulnerable to serious outbreaks of Covid-19. Here we look at the conditions in the world’s largest refugee settlement, Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh, where hundreds of thousands of Rohingya have fled.
The FCO has advised against all non-essential global travel and has urged Britons travelling abroad to return to the UK as soon as possible. MPs have questioned the government’s response. Here we look at what the FCO has done to help British travellers return home and reaction from MPs and the media. The paper provides information on how to access FCO travel advice.
What economic support have governments given to businesses and individuals to tackle the impact of the coronavirus? This paper looks at the policies put in place by the EU, governments in Europe, the US and other developed countries.…Read more
A Westminster Hall debate on ‘Freedom of religion or belief’ has been scheduled for Thursday 12 March 2020 from 1.30pm to 3.00pm. The debate has been initiated by Jim Shannon MP.…Read more
A Westminster Hall debate on ‘China’s policy on its Uighur population’ has been scheduled for Wednesday 11 March 2020 from 2.30-4:00pm. The debate has been initiated by Mark Pritchard MP.…Read more
A General debate in the Main Chamber on ‘Persecution of Christians’ has been scheduled for Thursday 6 February 2020.…Read more
New coronavirus cases need to be promptly isolated with good infection control practices.…Read more
US-North Korea tensions in 2017 over the latter’s nuclear weapons ambitions were replaced by dialogue and detente between 2018 and mid-2019. However, after two face-to-face summits between President Donald Trump and his Korean counterpart Kim Jong-un, the mood has darkened once again. This briefing reviews developments over the past 18 months and assesses future prospects.…Read more
The UK faces some difficult foreign policy choices. Previously accepted international norms are being challenged. The global balance of power…Read more
After a brief period when Myanmar was viewed by the rest of the world as an inspiring ‘success story’, the country is once again the target of strong international criticism over the Rohingya crisis. This briefing surveys developments since the beginning of 2018.…Read more
This Commons Library briefing paper examines the factors behind the unrest in Hong Kong in 2019 and the UK/China Joint Declaration. …Read more
Donald Trump has declared the talks with the Taliban “dead”. Where does that leave Afghanistan?…Read more