David Cameron signals new focus on human rights

In his most in-depth foreign policy speech since he became Leader of the Conservative Party, David Cameron has announced “a new Conservative focus on human rights”, saying that “we must not turn a blind eye” to abuses of human rights, even those in Arab countries which are “our allies”.

Speaking on the fifth anniversary of the “9/11” terrorist attacks, Mr. Cameron described himself as a “liberal conservative” who supports humanitarian intervention and “the aim of spreading freedom and democracy”. Such an approach, he said, is “a moral mission” but one which requires “moral methods”.

“Human dignity, personal freedom, national self-determination – these are the aspirations for all people everywhere,” he said. “But if we assume – and I think we should assume – some responsibility for extending these values internationally, we must strive to do so in a way that is consistent and honourable.”

For a full copy of the speech