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Human Rights

Volume 941: debated on Wednesday 14 December 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what organisations he consulted in compiling his assessment of countries' human rights records; and whether in particular he consulted Amnesty International.

The evidence was drawn not only from my right hon. Friend's Department's own resources, but from a wide variety of published material, including some from non-governmental organisations.

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, further to the reply to the hon. Member for Putney on 7th December, whether he is satisfied with the Commission on Human Rights' performance in relation to the detention of political prisoners in Indonesia.

As I said in reply to a Question from my hon. Friend on 7th December—[Vol. 940, c. 771]—we are not satisfied with the Commission's past performance. But, as my hon. Friend will be aware, the Indonesian Government have undertaken to release or bring to trial all political prisoners by 1979.