Human Rights and Democracy 2013-14

Section VI: Human Rights in Safeguarding the United Kingdom’s National Security

Comments on the Human Rights in Safeguarding the United Kingdom’s National Security section of the 2013 Human Rights Report can be made below. They will be monitored and moderated by staff at the Human Rights and Democracy Department at the FCO who will also try and answer as many questions as possible.

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6 comments on “Section VI: Human Rights in Safeguarding the United Kingdom’s National Security

  1. Jayne Jones says:

    I am a 3rd year law student and studying for my international human rights exam.
    Could you please answer a question that a few of my friends have poised but as of yet unable to answer?

    What would happen if a German national was visiting England and he was mistaken for a member of a terrorist organisation based in Germany with suspected links to Al Queada. He is arrested by German special-forces who take him to the German Embassy where he is repeatedly interrogated and tortured. When finally released he is suffering from very severe mental and psychological injuries that will affect him for the rest of his life. What if anything could England do in this event?

    I do hope you can assist

    Kind regards

    Jayne Jones

    1. FCO Human Rights says:

      Torture is an abhorrent violation of human rights and human dignity and its impact on societies and individuals is devastating. The United Kingdom is party to the UN Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment. The UK unreservedly condemns the use of torture and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment as a matter of fundamental principle and does not participate in, solicit, encourage or condone the use of torture or cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment (CIDT) for any purpose. Whilst it is not possible to give you a definitive answer to your question as this website is intended for comments and questions on the report, our Strategy for the Prevention of Torture, published in October 2011, sets out our work in this field.

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