Russia

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 27th November 2006.

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Photo of Geoff Hoon Geoff Hoon Minister of State (Europe), Foreign & Commonwealth Office

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) 2006 Annual Report on Human Rights, released on 12 October, sets out a range of concerns about human rights, democracy and rule of law in Russia. The report outlines, amongst other issues, our concerns about: restrictions on the activities of civil society, a lack of media freedom, restrictions on certain minority religious groups, judicial independence and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights.

We continue to engage with Russia on human rights issues, critically as necessary. The report also details when FCO Ministers have raised these and other human rights issues with the Russian authorities, over the last 12 months. It is available on the FCO website at:

http://www.fco.gov.uk/servlet/Front?pagename=OpenMarket/Xcelerate/ShowPage&c=Page&cid=1007029391629&a=KArticle&aid=1159199142618%20&year=2006&month=2006-10-01&date=2006-10-12

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