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Human Rights: Advocacy

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 27th February 2017.

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Photo of Tom Brake Tom Brake Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Foreign Affairs), Liberal Democrat Chief Whip, Liberal Democrat Shadow Leader of the House of Commons

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps the Government is taking to ensure it provides robust and consistent advocacy on behalf of human rights defenders and in support of civic space in countries where the UK has strategic security and military interests.

Photo of Mike Penning Mike Penning The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence

While the Ministry of Defence seeks to respect and uphold human rights throughout its operations, advocacy for human rights activists overseas would not normally be classed as a military task.

Human rights abroad are the responsibility of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

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