Human Rights

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 29th December 2017.

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Photo of Jo Churchill Jo Churchill Conservative, Bury St Edmunds

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent steps his Department has taken to (a) promote and (b) support human rights overseas.

Photo of Mark Field Mark Field Minister of State

As the Foreign Secretary said in his statement on 10 December to commemorate International Human Rights Day, "promoting, championing and defending human rights is integral to the work of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and part of the everyday work of all British diplomats". As I outlined in a Westminster Hall debate on 20th December to mark International Human Rights Day, the steps taken by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) to promote and support human rights overseas are extensive and varied. Evidence of the FCO's activity to promote human rights can be seen in the FCO's Annual Human Rights Reports (the most recent of which was published and laid before the House in July 2017). This includes details of steps the FCO has taken to promote and support human rights in the FCO's thirty Human Rights Priority Countries.

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