Foreign Office gives update on countries featured in Human Rights and Democracy Report

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The Foreign Office has published new reporting on 28 Countries of Concern, along with updates on the case study countries featured in the annual human rights report. The quarterly updates cover the period from July to September 2012.

The 2011 Human Rights and Democracy Report is online to make it as accessible to the public as possible. It highlights the UK’s human rights policies and concerns on key issues, and features 28 Countries of Concern where the FCO has the most serious wide-ranging human rights concerns.

Every three months, we publish updates on the countries of concern to highlight key human rights events in these countries, and to report on actions that the UK has taken. In addition, as announced by the Foreign Secretary on 30 April 2012, we have now published updates on four countries featured in the Report as case studies: Bahrain, Egypt, Ethiopia and Rwanda. This more flexible quarterly reporting will strengthen the assessments we make about which countries should be added to, or removed from the list of countries of concern in the 2012 Human Rights and Democracy report.

The report is intended to inform Parliament, NGOs and the general public about our work on human rights.