FCO publishes Human Rights report: Barbados is seen as anti-Death Penalty

The UK’s Foreign Secretary William Hague just launched Human Rights and Democracy: The 2011 Foreign & Commonwealth Office Report. The report is now available online.

To see the Foreign Secretary’s speech in full go to http://bit.ly/KpVuA5

The report is a comprehensive look at the human rights work of the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) around the world in 2011. As with the 2010 report, it is hosted online at www.fco.gov.uk/hrdreport, where visitors can read, print, share and comment on the report as a whole or by section. The report highlights the UK’s human rights concerns in 28 key countries. The website will be updated every three months to highlight key human rights events and actions that take place in each of these featured countries of concern. The updates for the first three months of 2011 have also been published online today.

The Foreign Secretary said: “The promotion and protection of human rights is at the heart of UK foreign policy. We are determined to pursue every opportunity to promote human rights and political and economic freedom around the world. Individual demands for a better life can only truly be satisfied in open and democratic societies.”

The report comprehensively assesses developments in human rights in 2011 and provides information about some important developments in early 2012. It sets out what the UK Government is doing through the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to promote human rights and democratic values around the world, in three principal areas: it documents serious concerns about a range of countries where the UK Government is seeking to influence the human rights situation; it assesses progress on thematic issues that cut across geographic boundaries; and it reports on areas where some positive developments have been seen over the last year. Some significant changes have been made to the format of the Report itself this year, including the introduction of case studies.

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