On Monday 19 December the Foreign Secretary held the latest meeting of the Advisory Group on Human Rights. The Group discussed countries of particular concern, business and human rights and freedom of religion or belief.
Speaking following the meeting the Foreign Secretary said:
“Since the Advisory Group on human rights was established a year ago, I have seen it develop into a credible forum for constructive engagement with the wider human rights community, on the Government’s international human rights policy. Today’s meeting was a valuable opportunity to focus discussion on specific countries where the human rights record is of particular concern, including a number in the Middle East and North Africa. We also discussed business and human rights - how we can integrate the human rights and prosperity agenda using a more joined up approach; and finally, freedom of religion or belief, exploring what more could be done to prevent the persecution of religious minorities, as well as other important issues.
“I want to take this opportunity to thank the group’s members for their active contribution in helping shape discussions, sharing their perspectives on issues, which has been insightful and informative. I look forward to continuing to working together to address matters over the coming year.”