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Human Rights

House of Lords written question – answered on 18th June 2009.

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Photo of Lord Judd Lord Judd Labour

To ask Her Majesty's Government what part human rights play in the sector reform programmes they are supporting in Iraq, Afghanistan and developing countries in general.

Photo of Lord Brett Lord Brett Government Whip, Government Whip

Human rights principles underpin the UK Government's work in developing countries. The policy of the Department for International Development (DfID) is to put people, their rights and social justice at the heart of its development work and to mainstream human rights in development programmes. This approach is reinforced by the conditionality policy which bases UK aid partnerships on a shared commitment to respect human rights. DfID policy is to take partner Governments' commitment to human rights into account when decisions are made about development partnership agreements, country strategies, and providing aid.

The UK Government are committed to working with the Iraqi and Afghan Governments to ensure that the basic human rights of the peoples of those countries are protected. In Iraq, DfID is supporting key international agencies to ensure the provision of human rights—especially those related to freedom from hunger, violence and forced displacement—for vulnerable groups, including those displaced internally and in neighbouring countries. In Afghanistan the UK is working with the Afghan justice institutions to develop a national policy on non-state justice mechanisms.

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