§ Lord Hylton
asked Her Majesty's Government:
What issues they will raise at (a) the United Nations Human Rights Committee, 74th Session. 18 March to 5 April; and (b) the United Nations Commission on Human Rights, 58th Session, 18 March to 26 April. [HL2966]
§ Baroness Amos
Promotion of human rights is at the heart of our foreign policy. The UK is working closely with EU partners and others for a successful outcome to the 58th Session of the UN Commission on Human Rights in Geneva. The UK will be contributing fully to EU initiatives, including on the death penalty, rights of the child, Colombia, East Timor, Iran, Iraq, Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Burma, Russia/Chechnya and Israel and the Occupied Territories. The UK will also contribute fully to the EU's statement covering human rights violations around the world and will work to ensure the success of many other resolutions, eg on torture. The 74th session of the Human Rights Committee in New York, composed of 18 independent experts, will examine reports submitted by four countries on their implementation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR).