The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office published its annual Human Rights and Democracy Report, covering 2012 which includes a case study on freedom of association and expression in Rwanda.
Case studies are used in the Human Rights and Democracy Report to report on countries which the Foreign and Commonwealth Office does not class as “of concern”, but which it judges to be on a trajectory of change with regard to human rights. Countries on a negative trajectory remain subject to periodic in-year reporting to monitor developments. Apart from case study countries, the report also highlights 27 countries of concern where the UK Government has more wide-ranging concerns.
On the publication of the report, UK Foreign Secretary William Hague MP said:
“The promotion and protection of human rights is at the heart of the UK’s foreign policy objectives. I, along with my ministerial team, consistently raise human rights violations wherever and whenever they occur. And with this in mind, I am delighted to introduce the FCO’s 2012 Annual Human Rights and Democracy Report, which details our efforts to promote human rights during 2012.”
Foreign and Commonwealth Office Senior Minister of State Baroness Warsi said:
“This report is the product of a great deal of work. Through it we try to give you a picture of what our human rights policy is and what we do to implement it. I hope you will find it interesting, informative and useful. However, we always want to do better. I hope you will give us your feedback and suggestions if you see ways in which we could improve the report, because I want us to be as clear as possible about the UK’s commitment to human rights.”
The FCO is inviting members of the public to submit comments so that we can better understand the human rights concerns facing the public, as well as hear how we can improve our human rights reporting for 2013.
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Read the previous FCO Human Rights reports