Policy paper

Government response to the Foreign Affairs Committee report on the FCO's human rights work in 2013

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 2013.

This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

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Government response to the Foreign Affairs Committee report on the FCO's human rights work in 2013

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The government welcomes the Foreign Affairs Committee’s (FAC) report on the FCO’s human rights work during 2013, and is delighted that the FAC acknowledges our work on priorities such as freedom of religion or belief. We are also pleased that the FAC commends our “efforts to draw upon a wider range of indices in assessing and reaching decisions on human rights standards in individual countries”. We have worked hard to address the recommendations set out in the FAC’s report on the FCO’s human rights work in 2012. For example, we have led international efforts to address the culture of impunity that exists for sexual violence crimes in conflict. Over 80% of UN member states, have now endorsed the Declaration of Commitment to End Sexual Violence in Conflict, launched by the former Foreign Secretary and the UN Special Representative of the Secretary General on Sexual Violence in Conflict in September 2013. The Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict, hosted by the government in June 2014, created further political and practical commitments to help tackle the issue.

Published 27 January 2015