Andy Love, the LabourParty Candidate for Edmonton has sent us in his answer to our question on Human Rights. This is what he told us,
We need to be tough on terrorism and its causes. The threat of terrorism and the danger to British citizens is proven, not just by 9/11 but by repeated attacks in Europe and elsewhere around the globe. So we cannot sit back and hope that we will be unaffected. It is right that we do everything in our power to disrupt terrorist networks, and to challenge the conditions that help terrorism to breed.
The UN Charter proclaims the universal principles of human rights and democracy. In an uncertain world they are not only right in principle, they are important guarantees of our national security and prosperity too.
In government, Labour has introduced a number of innovations to promote human rights, including introducing an Annual Report on Human Rights which allows the public to scrutinise the work we are doing on this throughout the globe. The Global Opportunities Fund launched in 2003, and now worth £60 million, provides even greater resources for human rights projects.
Labour will continue to champion EU human rights and democracy programmes, and seek concrete outcomes from the human rights clause in international agreements between the European Union and other nations.
I believe that Britain’s national interest is promoted by a commitment to human rights. That is why Labour has put, and will continue to put, human rights at the centre of our foreign policy.
Andy Love, the LabourParty Candidate for Edmonton