Hostage Taking

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office written question – answered on 16th October 2020.

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Photo of Tulip Siddiq Tulip Siddiq Shadow Minister (Education)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what discussions he has had with his (a) US, (b) Canadian and (c) Australian counterparts on managing the risks in regard to state hostage taking.

Photo of Nigel Adams Nigel Adams Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)

We continue to have conversations with a broad range of likeminded countries on the issue of arbitrary detention in a range of fora, and reaffirm the international legal obligations prohibiting such practices, as demonstrated by our recent co-signing of a joint statement on the politically-motivated detention of foreign nationals at the Human Rights Council in October. The UK Government will always take into account any relevant international law obligations and UK policy to assist arbitrarily detained British nationals overseas.

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