Human Rights a New Interest

Published: Wednesday, 06/20/2007 12:00 am EDT

While DFAIT had been writing reports on human rights in Afghanistan since 2002, they had not been brought to the minister's attention, nor to the Prime Minister's Office, according to a written response in the House of Commons from Foreign Affairs Minister Peter MacKay to NDP defence critic Dawn Black. "The human rights reports are not normally copied to the minister of Foreign Affairs, nor is the minister briefed on their content," wrote Mr. MacKay. The Globe and Mail reported that ministerial interest changed dramatically following a 2006 report by the newspaper on alleged abuse of Afghan detainees.

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