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Inter-parliamentary Union: Human Rights

Question for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

UIN HL14874, tabled on 13 April 2021

To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to uphold the human and political rights of parliamentarians in (1) Myanmar, (2) Turkey, (3) Venezuela, and (4) other member countries of the Inter-Parliamentary Union.

Answered on

27 April 2021

The UK has a long-standing commitment to the promotion and protection of human rights internationally and defending democratic freedoms is fundamental to our foreign policy. On Myanmar, we have used our presidencies of both the G7 and the UN Security Council to secure strong statements to uphold the human and political rights of parliamentarians. The Minister for Asia formally summoned the Myanmar Ambassador twice and stressed that State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi and others who had been arbitrarily detained should be released. In Turkey, we continue to make clear that we expect the government to undertake any legal processes or actions against opposition MPs fairly, transparently and with full respect for their human rights and the rule of law. In Venezuela, we are concerned at reports of the detention of opposition MPs and continue to call on all Venezuela's leaders to support the restoration of democracy. We will continue to support democracy and the work of parliamentarians worldwide.