Baroness Kinnock of Holyhead – 2014 Parliamentary Question to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office

The below Parliamentary question was asked by Baroness Kinnock of Holyhead on 2014-06-26.

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures are in place to ensure that the support being given to the Nigerian authorities for defence and security priorities is underpinned by human rights standards.

Baroness Warsi

The Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, my right hon. Friend the Member for Richmond (Yorks) (Mr Hague), made a statement about the Overseas Security and Justice Assistance (OSJA) guidance on 15 December 2011.

Since this date all funding and assistance provided by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to Nigeria, which falls under the criteria set out in OSJA guidance, is examined in compliance with OSJA requirements. This includes strict stipulation on human rights standards and compliance. The OSJA process reflects the determination of the British Government to ensure that such assistance is provided in a manner that promotes, rather than undermines, human rights and democracy in Nigeria.