HC Deb 06 March 2003 vol 400 cc1180-1W
Ms Atherton

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Government of Brazil regarding the disappearance of street children. [100205]

Mr. Rammell

We maintain an on-going dialogue with Brazil on human rights issues covering both the international and domestic dimension. Our embassy in Brasilia are in regular touch with relevant Brazilian institutions on a range of human rights concerns, including allegations of abuses against the most vulnerable groups in Brazil such as women, the indigenous and street children. We attach particular importance to work with the Brazilian Police Service and Prison Service where there remain a number of important human rights concerns to be addressed.

I look forward to taking these discussions forward when I next visit Brazil in May 2003.

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