Human Rights and Democracy 2013-14

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  3. David W says:

    I welcome this discussion. Can the FCO please comment on (I) what action it takes when a blatantly unfair trial occurs involving a British National overseas (ii) Fair Trial International’s recent submission to the FAC that FCO missions abroad become more involved/more proactive in their interventions when faced with a blatantly unfair trial and (iii) unless I have overlooked it, there appears to be no mention of Taiwan with regards the death penalty or it’s non adherence to ICCPR. Lastly, it might stimulate thought if, on each British Mission’s website, there was mention on whether or not and to what degree, that country’s judicial system complied with international fair trial standards. Thank you.

    1. FCO Human Rights says:

      Thank you for your comment. If we are aware of a British National in detention overseas who is not being treated in line with internationally-accepted standards we will consider approaching the local authorities. There is no easy answer as to what makes a trial unfair and it will depend very much on the circumstances of each case. It may be that the trial does not follow internationally recognised standards for a fair trial or is unreasonably delayed compared to local cases. We are committed to providing consular assistance to British nationals in detention or at risk of detention overseas. However we cannot interfere in the judicial process of any jurisdiction.

      You’ll find more information on what we can and can’t do at the following link: Support for British nationals abroad: A Guide and Customer Charter

      Following Fair Trial International’s submission that you refer to, the FAC recommended that the FCO prioritise fair trial rights training to consular staff. We make guidance and advice available to all our staff, who are able to consult our Honorary Legal Advisers at our Missions overseas and colleagues in London in the FCO’s Legal Directorate. They can also draw on expertise within the Human Rights and Prisoner Policy Team in the FCO’s Consular Assistance Department.

      We are in the process of revamping prisoner packs. The new format will include information about how the host country’s judicial system works. Once these have been completed, they will be available on each Embassy or High Commission website.

      Taiwan unilaterally ratified the ICCPR in to domestic law in 2009, a step which the UK welcomed. The FCO has held regular discussions with the authorities of Taiwan regarding the death penalty, and has funded project work which has resulted, notably, in a 2014 report highlighting a number of specific concerns about the application of the death penalty, and the ICCPR. This report is available here. We will continue to raise our concerns with the Taiwanese authorities regarding their use of the death penalty and compliance with the ICCPR.

  4. Craig Browne says:

    Great report and good job on the work you’re doing around the world. I’d be interested to know more about the process of deciding which issues to include in the report. Can you shed some light on that or can I email someone to find out more?


    1. FCO Human Rights says:

      Thank you for your positive comments.

      The content of the report is based on our thematic priorities, which are set by FCO ministers. Our list of countries of concern reflects an overall assessment against an agreed and public set of criteria. You can read more on how we assess countries here.

      Additionally, Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Select Committee publish a report on the FCO’s human rights work every year and make a number of recommendations, some of which shape future reports.

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