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My only criticism of the Defence Secretary? That he was too diplomatic.
Benedict Rogers: Hunt’s review of British policy on the persecution of Christians is crucial and courageous
The Foreign Secretary had already impressed me with his focus on human rights. Now he has created new hope for Christians around the world.
CCTV is closely entwined with the ruling Communist Party. If it is to operate in London, we must not fail to uphold British values.
Benedict Rogers: Hunt has made a strong start in placing values at the heart of British foreign policy
From Hong Kong to Yemen to Burma the Foreign Secretary is making positive steps. There is still more to do, however.
If Taiwan stands, democracy prevails, but if it falls, democracy worldwide is in jeopardy. Where our interests lie ought to be clear.
China is disregarding its pledge of ‘one country, two systems’ – as a result the rule of law in the territory is under threat from growing autocracy.
Benedict Rogers: The plight of Burma’s Muslims is stoking Islamist extremism here – one of many reasons why Britain must act
Britain should call in the Burmese ambassador, suspend its training programme with the Burma Army, and continue to press at the UN.
Benedict Rogers: Twenty years on from leaving Hong Kong, Britain risks selling its honour – as China flouts and abuses justice
As Patten says, the Joint Declaration gives us a specific responsibility to ensure that China’s promises are upheld – which we are not meeting.
It is a vital piece of legislation which, crucially, has drawn widespread support from a diverse range of people and organisations.
Our approach to China and Saudi Arabia is worryingly inconsistent with our declared principles.
China is wilfully ripping up its agreement to preserve freedom and the rule of law in the former colony.
As a new dictator and rising Islamism threaten Maldivian democrats, we Conservatives must make our professed friendship count.
The question for you in this Open Letter is whether you will continue, develop and deepen that Conservative pledge to put human rights at the heart of foreign policy.
Smears, Islamist extremism, echoes of Suharto and even fears of military intervention stalk the presidential race.