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Posts Tagged ‘Foreign and Commonwealth Office’ (5 found)

The FCO’s Human Rights Work 2013

The FCO's human rights work 2013Summary

In this report, we examine the 2013 Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) Report on Human Rights and Democracy (2013 Report), and highlight some areas of particular concern. Promoting human rights should be a foreign policy priority, but for this to be meaningful, we believe that the Department would benefit from the establishment of clearly defined objectives and benchmarks to measure the outcomes of all of its human rights policies, and further prominence being given to these in the Report.

Countries of concern

The FCO designated 28 countries of concern in its 2013 report, where it judged the gravity of the human rights abuses to be so severe that a particular focus should be applied. We have concentrated our attention on three of these countries: Sri Lanka, Burma, and Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories. Favourable trade concessions to the EU market should be removed from Sri Lanka if the Government of Sri Lanka continues to deny the OHCHR investigation team access into the country. The Government should advocate re-imposition of sanctions by the EU if there is no improvement in the human rights situation in Burma. The human rights of Israeli, Palestinian and Bedouin citizens living in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories continue to be of serious concern to the UK. […]

November 27, 2014  •  By Foreign and Commonwealth Office  •  Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,  •  Read more ➤

The 2012 Foreign & Commonwealth Office Report – Burma

The political and economic reforms that began in 2011 continued during 2012 under President Thein Sein. The UK Government’s approach is one of cautious engagement, welcoming and encouraging reform while paying close attention to the human rights situation […]

April 22, 2013  •  By Foreign and Commonwealth Office  •  Tags: , , ,  •  Read more ➤

UK Government Report: Human Rights Abuses Continue In Burma

The British Foreign and Commonwealth Office published its Human Rights and Democracy report for 2011 on July 10th. The report highlights on-going serious human rights abuses in Burma, despite some welcome reforms, stating in its introduction: “2011 was marked by some unexpected and positive political developments in Burma, although significant long-term challenges remained” […]

July 11, 2012  •  By Burma Campaign UK  •  Tags: , , , ,  •  Read more ➤

Burma: 23rd Anniversary of Student Uprising

During the “8.8.88” uprising more than 3,000 students and young people were killed by the Burmese military during pro-democracy protests on 8 August 1988. But the event led to elections in 1990 […]

August 8, 2011  •  By Foreign and Commonwealth Office  •  Tags: , , ,  •  Read more ➤

Petition Calling for UN Commission of Inquiry Delivered to British Foreign Office

A petition with 5,323 signatures calling for a UN Commission of Inquiry into crimes against humanity in Burma and organized by Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) and Partners Relief and Development, was delivered to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) today […]

May 7, 2011  •  By Christian Solidarity Worldwide and Partners Relief and Development  •  Tags: , , , , , ,  •  Read more ➤