HC Deb 19 April 1972 vol 835 c104W
Mr. William Wilson

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he is aware that India is violating the Geneva Convention relating to prisoners of war by bargaining about the return of Pakistan prisoners of war to their homeland and thereby setting an international precedent; and if he will bring these facts to the notice of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights.

Mr. Anthony Royle

The hon. Member's allegation relates to a matter which is not within the direct responsibility of Her Majesty's Ministers. I am, of course, concerned that international agreements of the importance of the Geneva Conventions should be honoured. As far as the United Nations Human Rights' Commission is concerned, I think it more appropriate that the parties directly concerned should decide to which body, if any, the question should be referred.