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Human Rights: Detention

Volume 716: debated on Tuesday 5 January 2010

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To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the number of combatants and suspects detained in custody without charge by allies of the United Kingdom in states in which they have a military presence, without access to the International Committee of the Red Cross and with little or no contact with their families or local advisers; and whether they make representations on such detentions. [HL457]

The UK fully implements the Geneva Conventions and we request that our allies do so as well. Issues relating to the International Committee of the Red Cross and denial of access to combatants or suspects are matters between the International Committee of the Red Cross and the individual Governments concerned.