The All-Party Parliamentary Human Rights Group (PHRG) is led by a Committee of Officers responsible for overseeing the Group’s day-to day work. The current Officers are listed below.
The PHRG is also made up of many more Parliamentarians from across the political spectrum, who are interested and get involved in this area of foreign affairs. To see a list of our members please click here. Anyone wishing to contact the Group or any of its Members should get in touch with the Group’s Chair or Coordinator/Legal Adviser. See the ‘Contact Us’ section of this website for more information. Parliamentarians wishing to join their colleagues on the PHRG should also contact the Coordinator/Legal Adviser of the Group.
Ann Clwyd (Lab) has been an MP since 1984, and prior to that was an MEP. She is a member of the UK Parliament’s Select Committee on Foreign Affairs and from 2003 – 2007 was Special Envoy to the Prime Minister on Human Rights in Iraq. She is Vice Chair (and a former Chair) of the British Group of the Inter Parliamentary Union (IPU) and is Chair of the IPU Committee on the Human Rights of Parliamentarians.
Rt Hon Dominic Grieve QC MP; Joint Vice-Chair
Dominic Grieve (Con) has been an MP since 1997. He served as Attorney General from 2010-2014 and has previously been Shadow Attorney General, Shadow Home Secretary and Shadow Justice Secretary. He has worked extensively on civil liberties and the Rule of Law throughout his time in Parliament.
Margaret Ferrier MP; Joint Vice-Chair
Margaret Ferrier (SNP) has been an MP since 2015 and is SNP Spokesperson on the Scotland Office and a member of the Scottish Affairs Committee. She has been a strong advocate on human rights and social justice issues both inside and outside Parliament.
Mark Durkan (SDLP) has been an MP since 2005 and is currently his party’s spokesperson on foreign affairs and international development. He was previously a Minister and member of the Northern Ireland Assembly.
Sarah Wollaston (Cons), a former GP, has been an MP since 2010 and is a member of the UK Parliament’s Select Committee on Health.
Jeremy Corbyn MP; Honorary Officer
Before becoming Leader of the Labour Party in September 2015, Jeremy Corbyn MP campaigned extensively from the backbenches on international human rights issues, including in his capacity as Joint Vice-Chair of the PHRG. In recognition of his long-standing contribution to the PHRG’s work and his commitment to challenging serious and systematic rights violations around the world, Jeremy has been made an Honorary PHRG Officer.
Lord Avebury; Former Vice-Chair
The PHRG was very sad to hear that Lord Avebury died on 14th February at the age of 87. Lord Avebury has been a long-standing and very committed human rights champion and continued to raise a wide range of human rights causes around the world until his death. He will be greatly missed by his Parliamentary colleagues, and many human rights organisations and defenders from around the world.