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Volume 453: debated on Tuesday 28 November 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment she has made of civil liberties in Russia. (103665)

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) 2006 Annual Report on Human Rights, released on 12 October, sets out a range of concerns about human rights, democracy and rule of law in Russia. The report outlines, amongst other issues, our concerns about: restrictions on the activities of civil society, a lack of media freedom, restrictions on certain minority religious groups, judicial independence and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights.

We continue to engage with Russia on human rights issues, critically as necessary. The report also details when FCO Ministers have raised these and other human rights issues with the Russian authorities, over the last 12 months. It is available on the FCO website at: