House of Lords written question – answered on 29th August 2013.

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Photo of Lord Patten Lord Patten Conservative

To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Warsi on 19 June (WA 58-9), when the next senior ministerial visit to Turkey will take place, and whether they will raise the issue of fundamental human rights with the government of Turkey during that visit.

Photo of Baroness Warsi Baroness Warsi Senior Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Jointly with the Department for Communities and Local Government), Senior Minister of State (Department for Communities and Local Government) (Faith and Communities) (also in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office)

It is long-standing policy not to confirm Ministerial travel plans in advance. However, human rights will continue to be an element of the Government's discussions with the Turkish leadership. The Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, my right hon. Friend the Member for Richmond (Yorks) (Mr Hague) and the Minister of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, my right hon. Friend Mr Lidington last spoke to their counterparts in Turkey about the recent protests in June. We, and our EU partners, will continue to raise human rights issues as part of our broader dialogue with Turkey and have made clear the importance we attach to their compliance with their commitments under the European Convention on Human Rights.

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