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Philippines: Human Rights and Religious Freedom

Question for Foreign and Commonwealth Office

UIN 196116, tabled on 27 November 2018

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to the Government of the Philippines on that country's promotion of respect for human rights and religious freedoms.

Answered on

5 December 2018

‚ÄčThe UK is committed to the promotion of human rights, including freedom of religion and belief. Whilst we have not had specific discussions with the Philippine Government on religious freedoms, we have regular discussions on human rights, including our concerns about the conduct of the "war on drugs" and the situation of human rights defenders. My officials most recently met with their Philippine counterparts at the UK/Philippines High Level talks that took place on 19th November, where these issues were raised. I also raised our human rights concerns with Philippine government figures during my visit to Manila in August.