Dr Charles Tannock

Member of the European Parliament for London

Charles Tannock joins Human Rights Commission

7th December 2011

Charles Tannock MEP, Tory spokesman in the European Parliament on Foreign Affairs, has been appointed a member of the influential Conservative Human Rights Commission.

Dr Tannock was invited to become a commissioner by the new commission chairman Robert Buckland, MP for South Swindon, because of his longstanding interest and expertise in the field.

The Commission was established in 2005 to highlight international human rights concerns and to inform, advise and develop the Party’s foreign policy by making human rights a priority. It holds that freedom and human dignity should be at the heart of foreign policy and aims to ensure the importance of keeping fundamental human rights high on the political agenda.

Other commissioners include MPs Mark Pritchard, Fiona Bruce, Jeremy Lefroy, Nicola Blackwood and Sajid Javid, as well as Lord Faulks, Heather Blake and human rights activist and writer Benedict Rogers.

It has produced a number of reports, including ‘The Female Face of Afghanistan’, ‘Supporting Women Human Rights Defenders’ and ‘Child Soldiers; Progress but too little’. Currently it is undertaking an inquiry into the human rights violations faced by professionals around the world.

Dr Tannock, Conservative MEP for London, said: "I am deeply honoured to be made a human rights commissioner of the Party. It is gratifying to be recognised and I shall continue to do all I can at EU level, and now through the commission, to promote international fundamental human rights and democracy and to defend human-rights champions globally.