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Human Rights Government Response published

11 July 2016

The Committee has published the Foreign and Commonwealth Office's (FCO) response to the Committee's Fourth Report of Session 2015-16, on The FCO's administration and funding of its human rights work overseas.

The Chair of the Committee, Crispin Blunt MP, said:

"We are disappointed that the Foreign Office has not explicitly recognised the perception that it has deprioritised human rights. Nor has it acknowledged that the tone of public statements by ministers has sometimes contributed to that perception.  

We disagree with the Foreign Office's recent policy not to fly the Rainbow Flag from the Foreign Office or overseas missions either for national Pride events or on IDAHOT Day (International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia). Many individual missions are working hard to defend LGBT communities from discrimination. So we find it regrettable and a contradiction of our nation's values and the Government's stated policy that missions should be banned from flying the Rainbow Flag as a symbol of support for LGBT rights."

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