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Human rights

Members of Amnesty International hold a rally to protest against Japan's death penalty (Getty images)

This report is intended to provide detailed information for Parliament and for other specialised readers outside Government on the FCO's activities over the past year to promote human rights abroad.

Each Report incorporates comments and recommendations that have been received over the course of the previous year from the House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee and from a number of human rights non-governmental organisations.

The Reports are also designed to be accessible to non-specialists with a general interest in foreign policy.

More on the 2009 Annual Report on Human Rights