The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has published its 2016 Annual Human Rights Report. The report covers the period from January to December 2016 and for the first time includes a dedicated section on modern slavery - a key UK government priority.
Minister Lord Ahmad hosted a live Twitter Q&A session on 27 July to answer questions on UK human rights work. Read his responses on why human rights matter.
This report focuses on how the government is working to protect and promote human rights around the world. It also sets out our 30 Human Rights Priority Countries (HRPCs).
The key themes include:
rights of women and girls
torture and the death penalty
the increasing pressure faced by civil society organisations
The Minister for Human Rights, Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon, said:
In too many countries across the world, human rights and rule of law are neither respected nor valued as they should be.
Standing up for human rights is not only the right thing; it also helps to create a safer, more prosperous and progressive world.
This report documents the serious concerns we have about the human rights situations in a range of countries and also highlights our work protecting and promoting the value of universal rights and democracy.
Safeguarding, promoting and defending human rights internationally is an important UK priority and our Magna Carta Fund for Human Rights and Democracy supports crucial frontline work.
British diplomats put human rights at the heart of everything they do, working in partnership with foreign governments and civil society – particularly in our 30 HRPCs – to promote safer, more inclusive, prosperous societies.