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The Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) supports human rights, democracy and good governance around the world.
Our work is based on the principles of the Universal Declaration on Human Rights and other human rights that comprise the international human rights framework.
The FCO produces Report on Human Rights and Democracy, annually. The report comprehensively assesses the global human rights situation in the respective year and provides information about some important developments in the year ahead. It sets out what the Government is doing through the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to promote human rights and democratic values around the world, in three principal areas: it documents how we are seeking to exert a positive influence in a range of countries where we have serious concerns about the human rights situation; it assesses progress on a number of thematic issues that cut across geographical boundaries; and it reports on areas where we believe we have seen positive developments over the last year.
2013 FCO Human Rights and Democracy Report
On 10th April, The Foreign Secretary launched the 2013 Human Rights report setting out the steps taken to promote and protect human rights in 2013.
FCO has produced the annual HRD report in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 as well.
Human Rights in Sri Lanka
FCO has identified Sri Lanka as a country of concern with regard to human rights violation. Hence, in our annual HRD report, we have a separate chapter of human rights situation in Sri Lanka. In addition, we issue quarterly updates on Sri Lanka’s human rights situation. We have supported number of projects in Sri Lanka over the past years to improve human rights her and currently supporting several more projects.