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Eritrea: UN Human Rights Council

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 18th October 2018.

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Photo of Lord Alton of Liverpool Lord Alton of Liverpool Crossbench

To ask Her Majesty's Government which factors will be considered by the UK when it votes on Eritrea’s candidacy for election to the Human Rights Council at the UN General Assembly.

Photo of Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon Minister of State

The UK considers our votes against candidates’ human rights records, and their cooperation with the Human Rights Council (HRC). The UK also considers candidates’ track record at the HRC, broader Government priorities, standing obligations, and whether a reciprocal deal can be made. Eritrea will take part in an uncontested election for a seat as one of the Africa Group members in the UN Human Rights Council. The UK has a long-standing policy of not revealing our voting intentions.

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