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Foreign Policy: Human Rights

Volume 481: debated on Monday 27 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will amend his Department's strategic priorities and policy goals to include the advancement of human rights and freedom of speech. (226227)

Human rights are at the heart of all the Foreign and Commonwealth Office's (FCO) departmental strategic objectives. The Foreign Affairs Committee recommended in April 2007 that FCO work in support of human rights be fully integrated into the Government's pursuit of all its strategic foreign policy priorities. We therefore ensured that human rights were central to our new strategic framework which has been in place since April 2008. We remain committed to integrating human rights more effectively into all our work, whether on countering terrorism, preventing and resolving conflict, promoting solutions to climate change, developing more effective international institutions or supporting British nationals abroad.

Human rights are central to achieving these strategic objectives. The FCO's latest Annual Human Rights Report shows how human rights will remain fully integrated in what we do, in London and through our network of posts around the world. A copy can be found at