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Volume 482: debated on Tuesday 11 November 2008

19. To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the human rights situation in Iraq; and if he will make a statement. (234546)

Since the removal of the Saddam regime, foundations have been laid in Iraq for the creation of a society based on full respect for human rights. Adoption of a constitution encompassing human rights principles was a key step forward. A number of areas of concern remain and we monitor the situation closely.

We have a regular dialogue with the Iraqi Government, including through the work done by my right hon. Friend the Member for Cynon Valley (Ann Clywd) in her role as the Prime Minister’s Special Envoy for human rights in Iraq. Through this dialogue we aim to keep human rights high on the Iraqi Government's agenda.