Saudi Arabia: Human Rights

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 9th January 2008.

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Photo of Jeremy Corbyn Jeremy Corbyn Labour, Islington North

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on which occasions in the last 12 months he raised concerns about human rights in Saudi Arabia with (a) the King of Saudi Arabia, (b) members of the Government of Saudi Arabia and (c) non-governmental organisations in Saudi Arabia.

Photo of Kim Howells Kim Howells Minister of State, Foreign & Commonwealth Office

My right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary has not raised human rights with either the King, members of the Saudi Government, or non-governmental organisations since coming to office on 27 June 2007. My right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary has not visited Saudi Arabia and has not met the King.

Our ambassador in Riyadh raises human rights on a regular basis with the Saudi authorities as part of his day-to-day responsibilities.

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