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20 Jul 2017 description

FCO launches its Annual Human Rights report for 2016

Annual Report on Human Rights and Democracy puts human rights centre stage of foreign policy.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has published its 2016 Annual Human Rights Report. The report covers the period from January to December 2016 and for the first time includes a dedicated section on modern slavery - a key UK Government priority.

12 Mar 2015 description

Executive Summary

This report provides a UK perspective on the global human rights situation during 2014, and examples of what the government is doing to promote human rights and democratic values overseas. It reviews the situation in specific countries and against the thematic priorities around which our work is organised.

One of the most striking trends of 2014 was the pressure put by governments on civil society organisations in many parts of the world, damaging human rights and the economic interests of those same countries.

13 Jun 2014 description

Policy Paper

The Summit

From 10 to 13 June 2014, in London, government representatives from over 120 countries, over 1,000 experts, faith leaders, youth organisations and representatives of civil society and international organisations came together at the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict.

11 Apr 2014 description

Justine Greening to announce new programme which will help improve how developing countries prepare for humanitarian disasters, at the World Bank Spring meetings.

The UK will lead a major improvement in the way developing countries prepare for humanitarian disasters to avert future crises, International Development Secretary Justine Greening will announce at the World Bank’s Spring Meeting in Washington.

21 Jan 2014 description

Foreword by Foreign Secretary William Hague

The promotion and protection of human rights is at the heart of the UK’s foreign policy objectives. I, along with my ministerial team, consistently raise human rights violations wherever and whenever they occur. And with this in mind, I am delighted to introduce the FCO’s 2012 Annual Human Rights and Democracy Report, which details our efforts to promote human rights during 2012.

19 Nov 2013 description

République Démocratique du Congo (RDC)/Kinshasa, le 19 novembre 2013 - Le monde entier célèbre aujourd’hui, la Journée Mondiale des Toilettes. Le 24 juillet 2013, l'Assemblée Générale des Nations Unies a adopté une résolution sur l'assainissement, reconnaissant officiellement la Journée Mondiale des Toilettes.

24 Oct 2013 description

Foreign Secretary William Hague spoke at the War Child 20th Anniversary Policy Forum in London on 23 October 2013.

It is a great pleasure to be here to congratulate War Child on its 20th Anniversary and take part in your discussion.

For two decades you have helped to protect and educate over 800,000 vulnerable children in some of the world’s most brutal conflicts; and you have ensured that their suffering is not forgotten by the world.

20 Aug 2013 description

“The world needs more action.

“Tens of millions of people are in desperate need of humanitarian help through no fault of their own. They lack the basics to survive, like food, water, or shelter. Many have to flee their homes because of conflict, persecution, or environmental damage. They travel many miles under stressful and harsh conditions, sometimes crossing borders to seek safety in the only places they know – shelters, humanitarian aid camps, safe havens, or a caring friend or family’s home.

27 Mar 2013 description

Published: 27 March 2013
Policies: Improving the health of poor people in developing countries+ 1 other
Minister: The Rt Hon William Hague MP
World location: Democratic Republic of Congo

Six million people in DRC to get essential healthcare under British programme which will improve lives and help create sustainable peace.

26 Mar 2013 description

Foreign Secretary, William Hague announces new UK funds to help survivors of rape during a visit to the Democratic Republic of Congo

30 Nov 2012 description

GOVERNMENT SHOULD END GENERAL BUDGET SUPPORT FOR RWANDA

NEW REPORT: UK AID TO RWANDA

The UK should not provide general budget support to Rwanda in future since, according to the recent UN report, the Government there is continuing to support the M23 Rebel Group fighting in the DRC, MPs on the International Development Committee have demanded.

Sir Malcolm Bruce MP, Chairman of the International Development Committee said:

19 Oct 2012 description

The Foreign Office has published new reporting on 28 Countries of Concern, along with updates on the case study countries featured in the annual human rights report. The quarterly updates cover the period from July to September 2012.

The 2011 Human Rights and Democracy Report is online to make it as accessible to the public as possible. It highlights the UK’s human rights policies and concerns on key issues, and features 28 Countries of Concern where the FCO has the most serious wide-ranging human rights concerns.

13 Jul 2012 description

Executive Summary The Conflict Pool is a funding mechanism for conflict prevention activities, managed jointly by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, DFID and the Ministry of Defence.
Based on case studies of Pakistan and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), this evaluation of the Conflict Pool’s Official Development Assistance element assesses whether it has led to a coherent, strategic and effective UK approach to conflict prevention.

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05 Jan 2012 description

Gov is right to prioritise aid to fragile states but it must not be unconditional – MPs report

The Government is right to increase aid to fragile and conflict-affected states, such as Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo, but it must prepared suspend or even cancel a programme if a Government flouts agreements or refuses to engage in efforts to increase transparency and accountability, MPs on the International Development Committee argue in a new report.

31 Mar 2011 description

Foreword by Foreign Secretary William Hague

I am delighted to introduce the 2010 Human Rights Command Paper. Our coalition government is determined to strengthen the human rights work of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, as part of our commitment to a foreign policy that has the practical promotion of human rights as part of its irreducible core.

21 Mar 2011 description

Foreign Office Minister Henry Bellingham announced the =A3500,000 donation in a written statement to Parliament on 21 March.

In the written statement the Foreign Office Minister said:

"The United Kingdom has made a donation of =A3500,000 to the International Criminal Court's (ICC) Trust Fund for Victims.

The Trust Fund for Victims (TFV) was established by the States Parties of the ICC in 2002 to benefit the victims of crimes within the Court's jurisdiction.

26 Oct 2009 description

Fourth Special Report

On 2 June 2009 the International Development Committee published its Fourth Report of Session 2008-09, Aid Under Pressure: Support for Development Assistance in a Global Economic Downturn, HC 179-I. On 9 October 2009 we received the Government's Response to the Report. It is reproduced as an Appendix to this Special Report.

In the Government Response, the Committee's conclusions and recommendations are in bold text.

02 Jun 2009 description

Summary

The developing world was not responsible for causing the current economic crisis, but it is paying a heavy price for mistakes made by rich countries. Poor countries are experiencing significantly reduced income from trade, remittances and foreign investment. As a result, an additional 90 million people are expected to be living in poverty by the end of 2010, and 400,000 more children are likely to die. Progress towards the Millennium Development Goal of eradicating hunger and extreme poverty has been set back three years.

07 Feb 2009 description

Urgent humanitarian aid has been approved for three key aid agencies working in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) it was announced today.

The Scottish Government has made emergency funding of =A3200,000 available from its International Development Fund in a bid to ease the suffering of the people caught up in the country's ongoing conflict.

External Affairs Minister Linda Fabiani said:

"As a responsible nation it is our duty to provide support, where we can, to those affected by humanitarian disasters.