Founded in 1976 by Lord Avebury, the All-Party Parliamentary Human Rights Group (PHRG) is a long-standing All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG), chaired by Rt Hon Ann Clwyd MP. It enables UK Parliamentarians to work on a cross-party basis, to raise awareness, in the UK and more widely, of serious international human rights violations, especially in relation to civil and political rights, and to lobby decision-makers for redress and reform.
The PHRG uses the Parliamentary mandate and platform to gain access to decision-makers, to hold them to account, to encourage them to end and remedy abuses, and to respect and promote the international human rights framework.
Our cross-party nature underlies the group’s political neutrality and broad consensus on the importance of human rights.
As well as reacting to the current news agenda, we lobby on the longer-term, and often ignored or intractable, human rights situations, such as those in Western Sahara, Chechnya, Colombia and Burma. We also organise fact-finding missions to areas of the world where serious allegations of human rights violations have been made.
Please note that our remit is limited to human rights violations and related matters outside the United Kingdom.
- To protect the victims of human rights violations and strengthen human rights defenders by encouraging British politicians to raise concerns with counterparts in offending countries.
- To scrutinise British Government policies to ensure they strengthen human rights internationally and to encourage the British Government to raise international human rights issues in bilateral discussions and international forums.
- To ensure that British politicians have adequate access to information and perspectives on international human rights and that these issues remain central to foreign policy debates and policies.
- To assist British and international human rights NGOs in raising their concerns with British politicians.
The APPG is supported by contributions from trusts, foundations, nongovernmental organisations and private individuals. It receives no money from any government. The APPG’s entry in the Official Register is available online at:
Tuesday 30th June 2015: PHRG – AGM 2015 – Minutes
Wednesday 29th June 2016: PHRG – AGM 2016 – Minutes
Accounts for period 1/4/15 – 31/3/16: PHRG – Accounts – 01.04.15-31.03.16
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