This command paper sets out the Government’s response to the Foreign Affairs Committee’s report on the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s Human Rights Work in 2012.
The Government welcomes the Foreign Affairs Committee’s report on the FCO’s human rights work during 2012 and is delighted that the FAC acknowledges our commitment to provide a valuable service through the production of our annual report on human rights and democracy, and our work to improve human rights standards worldwide. We are also pleased that the FAC commends our “authoritative analysis” of conditions in each of our 27 “countries of concern”. Over the course of this year, we have worked hard to address the recommendations set out in the FAC’s report on the FCO’s human rights work in 2011. For example, we included a section in the 2012 annual report focusing on the impact of the Human Rights and Democracy Programme, in response to the FAC’s call for greater evaluation of our work.