Foreign Affairs Committee: Press Notice

19 May 2008


Oral Evidence Session: His Holiness the Dalai Lama

10:30 am - Thursday 22 May 2008

The Foreign Affairs Committee will hold its third evidence session for its inquiry into the Foreign and Commonwealth Office's Human Rights Annual Report 2007 on Thursday 22 May at 10.30am.

It has been the Committee's practice to scrutinise the FCO's Human Rights Annual Report, focusing on issues and countries where human rights are of particular concern. The Committee has already held an evidence session with Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International, as well as a separate session with Lord Malloch-Brown, the Minister responsible for Human Rights at the FCO.

Given the particular interest in China's human rights record in 2008, the Committee has requested to take oral evidence from His Holiness the Dalai Lama on a range of human rights issues during his visit to the United Kingdom this week, and His Holiness has agreed to this request.

The session will be held in the Boothroyd Room, Portcullis House and will be open to members of the press with Houses of Parliament passes and other passholders. Non-passholders from the press and public are welcome to view the session on a screen in the Grimond Room, Portcullis House.

Media enquiries:

Members of the press with enquiries should contact Alex Paterson, Select Committee Media Officer, on 020 7219 1589, or 07917 488488, or by email to

Further Information:

1. The FCO Human Rights Annual Report 2007 inquiry was announced in press notice No. 23, dated 23rd March 2008. This evidence session was first announced in press notice No. 27, dated 22 April 2008.

2. The Foreign Affairs Committee is responsible for scrutinising the "administration, expenditure and policy" of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and its associated agencies. The text of all Committee publications, including Reports, can be found on the Committee's website at

The membership of the Committee is as follows: Mike Gapes (Chairman), Labour, Rt Hon Sir Menzies Campbell, Liberal Democrat, Mr Fabian Hamilton, Labour, Rt Hon David Heathcoat-Amory, Conservative, Mr John Horam, Conservative, Mr Eric Illsley, Labour, Mr Paul Keetch, Liberal Democrats, Andrew Mackinlay, Labour, Mr Malcolm Moss, Conservative, Sandra Osborne, Labour, Mr Greg Pope, Labour, Mr Ken Purchase, Labour, Rt Hon Sir John Stanley, Conservative, Ms Gisela Stuart, Labour,

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