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Belfast Agreement

Volume 714: debated on Thursday 5 November 2009

Question

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To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, in considering their foreign policy towards the Republic of Ireland, they monitor the steps taken by the government of the Republic of Ireland in implementing the Belfast agreement as it concerns human rights in the Republic of Ireland. [HL5938]

The promotion of democracy and human rights underpins everything that the Foreign and Commonwealth Office does and is essential in the delivery of its four strategic goals: combating terrorism, prevention and resolution of conflict, promoting a high growth, low-carbon global economy and strengthening institutions such as the UN, EU and the Commonwealth.

There is no formal mechanism in the Belfast agreement for monitoring the progress of each Government other than the British-Irish Intergovernmental Conference. Human rights issues have been discussed within this forum, both at ministerial and official level.