FOREIGN AFFAIRS – EXERTING PRESSURE ON GOVERNMENTS TO IMPLEMENT HUMAN RIGHTS – 26 October 2017
Dr Julian Lewis: I am grateful to my hon. Friend for giving way and sorry that I cannot stay for the whole debate. We have talked about the work done in this Parliament and by the APPG [All-Party Parliamentary Group] and my hon. Friend – I call him my hon. Friend – the Member for Strangford (Jim Shannon). Does he agree that the fact that the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia has felt it necessary to make remarks about turning away from extreme interpretations of Islam is a measure of the importance of keeping up pressure on the human rights front on Governments that, until now, have been excessive and repressive?
[Robert Courts: I am very grateful to my right hon. Friend for that excellent intervention and I entirely agree. There is a real job that we can do in keeping up the pressure. It just shows that when we do that, results can be achieved. ...]