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Foreign Secretary comments on the Foreign Affairs Committee report on human rights

Foreign Secretary comments on the Foreign Affairs Committee report on human rights

Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said:

I do not recognise this characterisation of our human rights work. Improving human rights is a core function of the Foreign Office and is the responsibility of every British diplomat around the world.

The UK supports over 75 human rights projects in more than 40 countries and this year we are doubling the funding available for human rights projects to £10 million – a true measure of the importance we attach to this agenda.

By mainstreaming human rights within the Foreign Office, we have ensured it will always be a central part of our diplomacy, delivering tangible results.

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