Human Rights: Advocacy:Written question - 64847

Asked by Tom Brake
(Carshalton and Wallington)
Asked on: 21 February 2017
Ministry of Defence
Human Rights: Advocacy
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps the Government is taking to ensure it provides robust and consistent advocacy on behalf of human rights defenders and in support of civic space in countries where the UK has strategic security and military interests.
Answered by: Mike Penning
Answered on: 27 February 2017

While the Ministry of Defence seeks to respect and uphold human rights throughout its operations, advocacy for human rights activists overseas would not normally be classed as a military task.

Human rights abroad are the responsibility of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

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