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Yvette Cooper MP, Labour’s Shadow Foreign Secretary, speaking on International Human Rights Day, said:

“Human rights are indivisible and absolute. They should be an integral part of every society and we must stand shoulder to shoulder with those who have to fight for their basic rights.
“On International Human Rights Day, and the evening when Liu Xiaobo should be collecting his Nobel Peace Prize, we pay tribute to those who show the bravery to stand up for human kindness and freedom.
“At this year’s Labour Party Conference we concentrated on human rights and particularly the people of Burma. Aung San Suu Kyi’s release will undoubtedly be remembered as a victory for human rights this year, as it should be, but we must not forget the 2,200 political prisoners still locked in Burma’s jails for no crime.
“In the next year we will be campaigning for the release of all political prisoners and human rights defenders across the world; for the safety of trade unionists and civil rights campaigners in Colombia; for an independent and credible investigation into war crimes in Sri Lanka; and for the women in Iran who need us to speak up and show their Government’s action to be unacceptable.”

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