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Human Rights

House of Lords written question – answered on 6th June 2011.

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Photo of Lord Laird Lord Laird UUP

To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Howell of Guildford on 13 May (WA 250) concerning criteria for their recognition of states, what are the international human rights obligations with which all states are expected to comply; and what action they take if a state does not comply with those obligations.

Photo of Lord Howell of Guildford Lord Howell of Guildford Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (International Energy Policy)

All states have obligations under the human rights treaties to which they are a party. All states are also bound by peremptory norms of international law (for example the prohibition against torture) even if they are not party to a particular treaty containing such a peremptory norm. If a state does not comply with its human rights obligations, the Government can and do, when appropriate, raise their concerns with the Government of the state concerned.

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