HC Deb 03 June 1992 vol 208 c574W
34. Mr. Alton

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Brazilian Government about human rights.

Mr. Garel-Jones

We are in regular touch with the Brazilian authorities regarding the human rights situation in Brazil.

We are in touch with the President of the (federal) parliamentary commission on the extermination of street children and with the responsible co-ordinator in the state prosecutor's office.

We recently invited the President of the Rio state commission on street children to visit the United Kingdom to discuss the problem.

We have monitored the situation of rural workers and have made arrangements with the Brazilian authorities to be represented at legal proceedings where possible.

The Brazilians have demarcated a Yanomami reserve partly as the result of international pressure, including ours.

There will be a further opportunity to raise human rights questions when my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister meets President Collor in Rio de Janeiro later this month.

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