To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on how many occasions his Department made representations to the governments of (a) Egypt, (b) Tunisia and (c) Algeria on human rights issues in each of the last three years; and if he will make a statement.
The UK holds annual Strategic Dialogues with Egypt and Algeria at which a range of issues of concern to both sides are discussed, including human rights. Crucially, at the third Strategic Dialogue with Egypt this January, we raised our concerns about the 2010 parliamentary elections, in particular about media restrictions and cases of electoral irregularities. The issue of human rights also forms part of ongoing discussions between our embassies and the host Governments in the three countries concerned.
The Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, my right hon. Friend
At the European level, the issue of human rights has been a core component of negotiations with Tunisia with respect to its application for advanced status with the EU.
The UK actively raises human rights concerns in the UN, including in the Human Rights Council. In the case of Egypt, the UK raised its concerns during the adoption of Egypt's Universal Periodic Review in June 2010.