The Foreign Office has issued a response to the Foreign Affairs Committee report on the FCO's Human Rights work in 2011.
Following the publication of the report, an FCO spokesperson said:
“We welcome the Foreign Affairs Committee’s report and their acknowledgement of the UK’s strong record in upholding human rights across the world. We will respond fully to the report in due course.
“Human rights are essential to and indivisible from our foreign policy objectives. They are part of our national DNA and are woven deeply into the decision-making processes of our foreign policy at every stage. We cannot achieve long term security and prosperity unless we uphold our values. We promote human rights painstakingly and consistently. Our starting point for engagement on human rights with all countries is based on what is practical, realistic and achievable, although we are always ready to speak out as a matter of principle.”