William Hague Repeats Pledge on Human Rights at Party Conference
The Shadow Foreign Secretary, William Hague MP, reiterated his pledge to put human rights at the heart of foreign policy.

Speaking at a fringe meeting at the Conservative Party Conference, organised by the Conservative Party Human Rights Commission, Mr Hague told an audience of over 200 that human rights would be a priority for a future Conservative foreign policy.

The fringe meeting, chaired by the Commission Chairman Stephen Crabb MP, was also addressed by the former MEP and European Parliament rapporteur for human rights, Simon Coveney TD, now a member of the Irish legislature, and the leader of the Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP), Mohamed Nasheed. The Commission’s Deputy Chairman, human rights activist Benedict Rogers, spoke of his recent visit to the India-Burma border, and introduced Mohamed Nasheed, who was released from house arrest following a campaign by the Commission last year. Mohamed Nasheed paid tribute to the work of the Commission, including a visit by Mr Rogers last year in which he met Mr Nasheed under house arrest.

Simon Coveney TD
Irish Member of Parliament (Fine Gael) and former MEP; Former European Parliament Rapporteur on Human Rights,
Author of the European Parliament’s Annual Report on Human Rights in the World,  
& EPP-ED Co-ordinator for Human Rights
The Rt. Hon. Williams Hague MP
Shadow Foreign Secretary
Benedict Rogers
Deputy Chairman of the Conservative Party Human Rights Commission
Mohamed Nasheed
Leader of the Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP)