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Military Exercises

Question for Ministry of Defence

UIN 133982, tabled on 6 January 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make it his policy to end UK engagement in training programmes with the militaries of countries under internally oppressive and undemocratic regimes.

Answered on

13 January 2021

The Defence Training we provide to foreign nations will always stress the need to respect International Law and the importance of adhering to international standards, for example with regard to human rights, human security, transparency and corruption, and civilian oversight and control of the Armed Forces.

All of our international Defence Engagement is informed by an assessment of the potential impact of providing assistance on risks relating to human rights and International Humanitarian Law and consideration of what measures might be necessary to mitigate such risks.