§ 39. Mr. Bright
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps his Department has taken at the United Nations to expose violations of human rights in Afghanistan.
§ Mr. Rifkind
We have spoken out firmly and frequently against the immense human suffering inflicted on the Afghan people by the continuing Soviet occupation. The United Kingdom supported the recommendation of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights to appoint a special rapporteur on Afghanistan. We cosponsored the resolution adopted by the Commission last week expressing profound concern at grave and massive human rights violations and renewing the rapporteur's mandate for a further year.