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Developing Countries: Human Rights

Volume 475: debated on Tuesday 29 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps the Government have taken to promote human rights in developing countries (200976)

I have been asked to reply.

A reply to my hon. Friend’s question will be issued shortly.

Substantive answer from Gillian Merron to Jim Cunningham:

The UK Government continues regular bi-lateral dialogue with governments to raise human rights issues and as part of country planning. This includes working with governments in developing countries to assess human rights as a basis for development programmes and to develop human rights commitments with agreed indicators of progress.

Active participation in international fora to promote human rights is a priority for the UK Government. This includes support to the UN Secretary-General's initiative to strengthen human rights institutions at country level; and to the UN's new Universal Periodic Review process which will review the human rights record of all UN states over a four year period.

The UK Government support a range of programmes at country level which support civil, economic, political, social and cultural rights. This includes support to women and excluded groups to participate in elections, livelihoods work focusing on the right to a decent standard of living and work on the law to secure disabled people's rights.