HC Deb 24 February 1998 vol 307 c192W
Mr. Corbyn

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations relating to human rights were made to his Department's Ministers during visits to Bosnia; and if he will make a statement. [30768]

Mr. Tony Lloyd

We regularly discuss human rights issues in Bosnia with the Bosnian authorities and others concerned with this aspect of implementation of the Dayton Agreement. The issue figured prominently in discussions during my right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary's visit to Bosnia in July 1997 and my own in October. The human rights agenda in Bosnia is moving forward but much remains to be done, especially on refugee return to all parts of Bosnia, a free media and transfer of war crimes indictees to the International Criminal Tribunal in the Hague. Respect for human rights is crucial to full implementation of the Dayton Agreement, a fact which was underlined strongly at the Peace Implementation Conference in Bonn (December 1997). Together with our partners and Allies, we are keeping up the pressure on all the parties in Bosnia to meet their obligations in this regard.

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