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Foreign Secretary Statement On Human Rights Day

Foreign Secretary makes a statement on Human Rights Day

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Speaking on Human Rights Day, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said:

Human Rights Day reminds us that it can be easy to take for granted many of the freedoms we enjoy in the UK.

The freedom to be who you want, love who you want, worship or not worship and to live your life as you please is denied to millions across the globe.

Everywhere I go in the world where we have concerns about human rights I raise these frankly because we believe that engagement is the best way to encourage reform.

Standing up for human rights is not only the right thing; it also helps to create a safer, more prosperous and progressive world. This is what Global Britain stands for. And promoting, championing and defending human rights is integral to the work of the Foreign Office and part of the everyday work of all British diplomats.

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Foreign Secretary To Visit Oman, Iran And United Arab Emirates

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson arrived in Muscat on Friday 8 December on three day visit to Oman, Iran and the United Arab Emirates

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The Foreign Secretary will meet with senior figures in all three countries to discuss a range of issues including the future of the Iran nuclear deal, how to bring an end to the conflict in Yemen and ease the desperate humanitarian suffering there and the current tensions in the region.

This trip will be the first of a British Foreign Secretary to Iran since 2015 and only the third since 2003. In Iran the Foreign Secretary will meet with the Iranian Foreign Minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, to discuss the bilateral relationship and regional security issues. The Foreign Secretary will raise again concerns about a number of consular cases involving dual nationals and press for their release on humanitarian grounds.

An FCO spokesperson said:

This visit comes at a crucial time for the Gulf region and provides an opportunity to discuss a peaceful solution to the conflict in Yemen, the future of the Iran nuclear deal and the current volatility in the Middle East.

This is the first visit of the Foreign Secretary to Iran and we expect talks to cover a wide range of issues from the bilateral relationship to regional security. The government remains very concerned about all our dual nationals detained in Iran and has been doing everything it can to make progress on their cases, while approaching them in a way that we judge is in their best interests. The Foreign Secretary will urge the Iranians to release dual nationals where there are humanitarian grounds to do so.

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Foreign Secretary Attends NATO Foreign Ministers Summit

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson discusses a range of issues with his NATO counterparts, including cooperation with Georgia, and the organisation's contribution to the fight against terrorism

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The Foreign Secretary stressed NATO’s invaluable role in combatting international terrorism as he arrived at the NATO Foreign Ministers meeting in Brussels today (6 December).

Speaking to media ahead of the meeting, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said:

We’ll be talking about promoting the security and integrity of Georgia in the face of the challenge from Russia and the territorial aggression from Russia.

We’re also looking at what NATO can do to tackle terrorism, particularly in the Southern region.

UK Welcomes UN Human Rights Council Special Session On Burma

UK reassures Bangladesh of its support on the Rohingya

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On 5 December, Lord Ahmad attended a Special Session of the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) in Geneva. The session was called by Bangladesh with support from the UK and other HRC members to address the situation in Burma and the plight of the Rohingya.

The overwhelming support of UN Member States for the Session demonstrated the importance the international community continues to place on this issue.

Speaking after his address to the Council Lord Ahmad said:

I was pleased to attend the Special Session of the HRC and to reiterate the UK’s commitment to working with international partners to resolve the desperate situation in Rakhine. Protecting the human rights and fundamental freedoms of individuals belonging to minority groups in Burma, including the Rohingya, remains a key priority for my Government.

The Session, together with the overwhelming support for the OIC-led resolution in the UN General Assembly’s Third Committee in New York last month –reflects growing international outrage at these despicable atrocities.

I was grateful for the opportunity, along with UN Special Representative of the Secretary General, to draw particular attention to the harrowing reports of rape and sexual abuse from refugees.

The UK will continue to extend its support to the survivors of sexual violence through the investigation and documentation of these abhorrent crimes.

The UK was pleased to vote in support of and co-sponsor the resulting resolution.