Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 15th November 2004.

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Photo of Mr David Stewart Mr David Stewart PPS (Rt Hon Alistair Darling, Secretary of State), Department for Transport

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the human rights situation in Colombia; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Bill Rammell Bill Rammell Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Foreign & Commonwealth Office

Human rights form an integral part of our policy towards Colombia. We keep the human rights situation in the country under constant review. We recognise that there have been some improvements but much still needs to be done. We work closely with the Colombian Government, EU and other partners, including civil society, to try to achieve this further improvement. We regularly urge the Colombian Government to meet UN recommendations on human rights and are working with them to achieve this goal. As part of this co-operation, we were pleased to host the meeting of international support for Colombia held in London in July 2003. This resulted in the London Declaration, a key text that guides international support. We are working with the Colombians and other partners in the run-up to the follow-up meeting to the London meeting to be held in Colombia in February 2005.

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