Thursday, March 31, 2011

Human Rights and Democracy: The 2010 Foreign and Commonwealth Office Report

I had hoped to be in London this morning for the launch of this document, but I am just too busy with the day job this week.

So instead here is an extract from the official press release:
The report is a comprehensive look at the human rights work of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) around the world in 2010. It highlights the UK’s human rights concerns in key countries and is a further concrete demonstration of the Foreign Secretary’s commitment to strengthening the FCO's work on human rights at home and overseas.

The report is more comprehensive than previous years, is being hosted online to make it much more accessible to the public and the website will include updates every three months to highlight key human rights events and actions that take place in each of the featured countries of concern. The update for the first three months of 2011 will also be published online today. People will be able to comment on the report and read, share and host the sections of the report that interest them.
The report and the first quarterly update are not online yet, but I am told that when they are, you will find them here.

The press release also names 26 "countries of concern". They are: The 26 countries of concern are: Afghanistan, Belarus, Burma, Chad, China, Colombia, Cuba, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Democratic Republic of Congo, Eritrea, Iran, Iraq, Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories, Libya, Pakistan, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Syria, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, Yemen and Zimbabwe.

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