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This report covers the period 1 January to 31 December 2008. It provides an overview of the main challenges to human rights around the world and explains the government’s activities and policies to address those challenges. Chapters covering policy goals are: counter-terrorism, weapons proliferation and their causes; promoting a low carbon, high growth economy; preventing and resolving conflict; developing effective international institutions. Key human rights themes include equality, democracy, the rule of law. Other chapters cover: the British overseas territories and human rights of British nationals abroad; and a review of countries of concern, from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe.
This Command Paper was laid before Parliament by a Government Minister by Command of Her Majesty. Command Papers are considered by the Government to be of interest to Parliament but are not required to be presented by legislation.