– Foreign Office spokesman
We welcome the Foreign Affairs Committee's report and their acknowledgement of the UK's strong record in upholding human rights across the world. We will respond fully to the report in due course.
Human rights are essential to and indivisible from our foreign policy objectives. They are part of our national DNA and are woven deeply into the decision-making processes of our foreign policy at every stage. We cannot achieve long term security and prosperity unless we uphold our values.
The Government has been sharply criticised for refusing to back a boycott of the Bahrain Grand Prix over human rights concerns, despite implementing its own boycott of the Euro 2012 football championships in Ukraine.