HL Deb 09 November 1999 vol 606 c133WA
Lord Judd

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What priority they give the following: (a) the Council of Europe; (b) the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe; and (c) the European Union, in the development of human rights policy and in the implementation of such policy. [HL4409]

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Baroness Scotland of Asthal)

We do not set priorities among the international organisations working to promote respect for human rights. The Council of Europe, the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe and the European Union each have an important role, as do other international and regional organisations—most notably the United Nations—as well as national institutions, Non-Government Organisations and civil society.

We work to ensure effective co-operation and coordination among all such organisations in order to achieve maximum impact.