Colombia: Human Rights

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 27th March 2007.

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Photo of Andrew Smith Andrew Smith Labour, Oxford East

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

Photo of Ian McCartney Ian McCartney Minister of State (Trade & Investment), Department of Trade and Industry, Minister of State (Trade & Investment), Foreign & Commonwealth Office

Human rights are at the heart of our policy towards Colombia and we keep the human rights situation in Colombia under constant review.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Right's (UNHCHR) latest report on Colombia, published on 15 March, provides a thorough assessment of the human rights situation in the country. It highlights continuing areas of concern, but also recognises the positive commitment by the Colombian Government, and the concrete progress made in several key areas. We very much agree with the thrust of the report and believe that it is important to recognise advances as well as challenges facing Colombia. We will continue to support the UNHCHR Office in Colombia in their valuable work with the Colombian Government, international community and civil society.

A copy of the report will be placed in the Library of the House.

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