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Developing Countries: Human Rights

Volume 475: debated on Monday 12 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent steps the Government have taken to promote and protect human rights in developing countries. (204169)

I refer my hon. Friend to the written answer given to his previous question on 28 April, Official Report, column 369W, which gives specific examples of how the UK Government have promoted human rights in developing countries.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office leads the Government's efforts to promote human rights abroad and the Department for International Development (DFID) supports this in developing countries. DFID provides funding to partner governments once assessments have been made to ensure they are committed to respecting human rights as well as reducing poverty and strengthening financial management and accountability. The UK Government policy on integrating human rights into development is set out in the DFID strategy paper: “Realising human rights for poor people”, at

www.dfid.gov.uk/publications