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Russia: Human Rights

Volume 714: debated on Thursday 12 November 2009


Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs has recently had with the Government of Russia on human rights, the situation in Chechnya, the role of civil society in a democracy and the implications of Russian activities in those respects outside the Russian borders. [HL6261]

My right honourable friend the Foreign Secretary visited Moscow from 1-3 November 2009. He raised with Foreign Minister Lavrov our concerns about human rights, including the dangers faced by human rights defenders and journalists, particularly in the north Caucasus. As part of his visit the Foreign Secretary also met with non-governmental organisations and civil society representatives to hear more about their concerns and to confirm that the UK will continue to raise human rights issues as part of a comprehensive dialogue with the Russian authorities.

Through the EU and bilaterally we continue to press Russia to live up to her international commitments and obligations, including respecting the territorial integrity of others.