§ Sir David Steel
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations have been made to the Peruvian authorities concerning human rights; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Garel-Jones
As I told the hon. Member for Argyll and Bute (Mrs. Michie) on 29 June, we take every appropriate opportunity, both bilaterally and with our European partners, to emphasise to the Peruvian 735W authorities their obligation to respect and protect human rights. When President Fujimori called on my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister earlier this year, he was left in no doubt about the strength of feeling in this country. On 17 June, our embassy in Lima reminded the Peruvian Foreign Ministry of the importance we attach to the issue of human rights. Most recently, on 26 June, the EC troika ambassadors called on the Peruvian Prime Minister. Inter alia, they stressed the need for full respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms.