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Human Rights

Volume 714: debated on Thursday 12 November 2009

Question

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To ask Her Majesty's Government by what human rights standards they gauge a country in order to have full diplomatic relations with it; and how those standards are monitored. [HL6281]

The UK has diplomatic relations with more than 190 countries. The establishment of diplomatic relations and of permanent diplomatic missions takes place by mutual consent.

All of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office's overseas missions have a responsibility to monitor and report on developments in their host countries. This includes monitoring and reporting on a country's human rights situation and raising particular concerns with the host Government.