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Soviet Union (Human Rights)

Volume 124: debated on Wednesday 16 December 1987

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41.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made about the protection of human rights in the Soviet Union.

My right hon. and learned Friend discussed human rights in the Soviet Union with Mr. Shevardnadze during talks on 7 December at Brize Norton and made clear the importance of a major improvement in Soviet performance for lasting confidence between East and West. He raised two bilateral family reunification cases and handed over updated lists of Soviet prisoners of conscience and Jewish refuseniks about whom we have received representations this year.

48.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has received about recent developments regarding human rights in the Soviet Union; and if he will make a statement.

53.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made about human rights in the Soviet Union.

We are monitoring Soviet human rights performance closely and are aware that substantial abuses continue. I discussed these issues with Mr. Shevardnadze at Brize Norton on 7 December. While welcoming recent steps forward in Soviet performance, I stressed the need for further major progress in this area and handed over lists of individual cases about which we have received representations.