Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 11th July 2013.

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Photo of Michael Fabricant Michael Fabricant Vice-Chair, Conservative Party

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has held with his Greek counterparts regarding human rights abuses in that country; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of David Lidington David Lidington The Minister for Europe

All EU member states have committed to respecting human rights through the Treaty on EU and the Charter of Fundamental Rights. The British ambassador in Athens regularly discusses human rights with Ministers and senior officials, including issues around racism and the asylum process. In recent months the Greek Government has taken positive steps to tackle racism with the introduction of a directorate within the police force dedicated to tackling racism and legislation aimed directly at combating racism and xenophobia. We also expect Greece's recent efforts to develop further their system of processing asylum claims to improve conditions for migrants.

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