Human Rights

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 13th December 2018.

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Photo of Fabian Hamilton Fabian Hamilton Shadow Minister (Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs), Shadow Minister (Defence)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will publish the Government's guidelines on working with human rights defenders.

Photo of Mark Field Mark Field Minister of State

In November 2017 the then Foreign Secretary issued a revised version of the UK Guidelines on Working with Human Rights Defenders to the diplomatic network. The premise is for the Guidelines to be used depending on the local context, as no two countries or human rights situations are the same. Where appropriate this might involve making public statements, attending trials, or working privately with the host government. We believe this approach is already working well, but are considering the best way of sharing the substance of the guidelines with human rights defenders and interested NGOs.

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