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UK sets out Human Rights Council priorities in Geneva

Foreign Office Minister Hugo Swire addressed the Human Rights Council in Geneva to discuss the UK’s human rights priorities.

Foreign Office Minister, Hugo Swire

In Geneva, Mr Swire met the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Bin Ra’ad Al Hussein and the President of the International Committee of the Red Cross, Mr Peter Maurer.

In an address to the Human Rights Council, Mr Swire set out the British Government’s approach to human rights and raised particular concerns about the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Sri Lanka, Burma and the Maldives.

Addressing the Human Rights Council, Hugo Swire said:

It is an honour to address the Human Rights Council once again. Few other international meetings come with such responsibility: to hold to account those responsible for the worst violations and abuses; to speak out for victims; and to support those states determined to make the transition towards a better tomorrow – where rights, values and the rule of law are upheld.

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Published 14 September 2015