Human Rights:Written question - 199304

(Leeds North East)
Asked on: 05 December 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Human Rights
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will publish the Government's guidelines on working with human rights defenders.
Answered by: Mark Field
Answered on: 13 December 2018

In November 2017 the then Foreign Secretary issued a revised version of the UK Guidelines on Working with Human Rights Defenders to the diplomatic network. The premise is for the Guidelines to be used depending on the local context, as no two countries or human rights situations are the same. Where appropriate this might involve making public statements, attending trials, or working privately with the host government. We believe this approach is already working well, but are considering the best way of sharing the substance of the guidelines with human rights defenders and interested NGOs.

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