Wednesday, 2nd May 2012
Human Rights and Democracy: The 2011 Foreign & Commonwealth Office Report
Source: Foreign and Commonwealth Office (UK)
From the Foreword by Foreign Secretary William Hague:
We made three significant changes to this year’s report. First, we have added a section specifically devoted to the Arab Spring. Events over the last year in many countries of the Middle East and North Africa hold the greatest prospect for the enlargement of human freedom and dignity since the end of the Cold War. They have, at the same time, highlighted the many obstacles people continue to face. In this section we look at the way the demand for human rights was a catalyst for events, and the UK’s Arab Partnership programme, working with those in the region who want to put in place the building blocks of more open, free societies, underpinned by vibrant economies...
Second, this report includes a statement of our priorities. This explains the significance of human rights in our foreign policy together with the resource and effort we are devoting to it.
Finally and most significantly, we have developed a set of case studies to complement our detailed analysis of ‘countries of concern’. We have included a total of 28 countries in the ‘of concern’ category, the highest ever with the inclusion of Fiji and South Sudan.
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