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Overseas Trade: Human Rights

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 4th March 2020.

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Photo of Emily Thornberry Emily Thornberry Shadow Foreign Secretary

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether his Department has plans to provide the Department for International Trade with information on human rights violations in countries in advance of talks on future trade deals with those countries.

Photo of Nigel Adams Nigel Adams Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Joint with the Department for International Development)

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office takes human rights violations very seriously and works to protect and promote human rights globally on behalf of the UK through multilateral and bilateral diplomacy, as well as encouraging private sector initiatives, providing support for civil society and by funding project work. It shares relevant reporting on human rights and a range of other issues on an ongoing basis with other government departments, including with the Department for International Trade, to provide wider context regarding their international priorities.

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