Foreign Affairs Select Committee Report Published The FCO's administration and funding its human rights work overseas
Foreign Affairs Select Committee Report Published
The FCO's administration and funding its human rights work overseas
We welcome the Foreign Affairs Select Committee report published today, which finds a perception that the FCO has de-prioritised human rights. While this seems difficult to evidence, the response from the Foreign Secretary does not provide enough specifics to dispel this sense, particularly in relation to the FCO’s work protecting and promoting human rights of LGBT people.
We echo the committee’s concern that access to the Magna Carta Fund is constrained for small LGBT organisations and those unable to legally register in their countries due to restrictive legislation. Therefore we recommend that the FCO create a mechanism to help assess NGOs who might apply, with input from the Trust and other organisations with a record supporting LGBT rights organisations around the world.
We were especially pleased that the committee recommends that LGBTI rights in the Commonwealth should be a standard to measure FCO progress. We continue to provide such analysis of progress on the rights of LGBTI people in all 53 member states in our biennial report Speaking Out which the FCO has helpfully disseminated throughout UK Embassies and High Commissions.
We welcome further opportunities to consult with the FCO on its efforts to advance the human rights of LGBT people and help to dispel any perception of deprioritisation.