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Human Rights

Part of Foreign and Commonwealth Office – in the House of Commons on 17th March 2020.

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Photo of Emily Thornberry Emily Thornberry Shadow Foreign Secretary

I was interested to hear what the Minister said about multilateral institutions, because the European convention on human rights was the brainchild of Winston Churchill. It was drawn up by British lawyers, and the UK was the first country to ratify it in 1951. Instead of being proud of that achievement, why do the Government now want to stand alone with Belarus, Europe’s last remaining dictatorship, in refusing to support the convention?