"Human rights sidelined" in UK foreign policy, claims alternative
human rights report
Six human rights organisations
have published an Alternative Human Rights Report, to coincide
with the publication of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s
Annual Human Rights Report. In it, they present an analysis of
the UK Government’s record on six countries – and accuse the
Government of failing to prioritise human rights.
“As far as the British Government’s foreign policy priorities
are concerned, human rights have not just taken a back seat, but
have been locked away in the boot,” the report claims. UK policy
is inconsistent, and human rights have been “sidelined under a
general heading of sustainable development which comes a lowly
seventh on the list” in its international obligations.
The report provides an analysis of policy regarding Burma,
Tibet, Chagos Archipelago, Colombia, West Papua and Western
Sahara. It gives the UK Government 19 out of a possible 60 marks
for performance on human rights.
Ben Rogers, Deputy Chairman of the Conservative Party Human
Rights Commission, welcomed the Alternative Human Rights Report.
“This is a shocking indictment of the British Government’s
failure to deliver on its so-called ‘ethical foreign policy’.
The British Government has been too slow to react to human
rights violations. Its policy, at best, has been reactive rather
than proactive,” he said.
The Conservative Party Human Rights Commission will be
publishing its own Annual Report by the end of the year.
For a full copy of the Alternative Human Rights Report, see