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Human Rights: Advocacy

Question for Ministry of Defence

UIN 64847, tabled on 21 February 2017

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 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.