Outrage at UK Government Allowing Foreign Countries To Torture Citizens In Return For Better Trade Deals

UK Government Caught Prioritising Trade Over Human Rights

With UK looking for as good a deal possible in trade talks they have shown they are willing to sacrifice the fundamental rights of their citizens abroad. In a country like India and Saudi Arabia where human rights violations are an everyday occurrence we are seeing Prime Minister Theresa May going out of her way to meet the leaders of these countries to secure deals. Int he case of Jagtar Singh Johal, a British citizen unlawfully detained in India we have seen the UK Government backtracking on their promise of extreme action over allegations of torture. In a debate which was held to discuss British citizens detained abroad, the commonwealth minister Mark Field told those present “the Government do not have a legal duty of care to British nationals abroad”. This does not only apply to Jagtar Johal, this statement applies to every single British citizen who travels abroad. The Government has said they will not help any of their citizens if they are detained abroad as it is not their duty to do so.

British Sikh MPs Preet Kaur Gill and Tan Dhesi along with Johal’s local MP, Martin Docherty-Hughes, asked the UK government to raise the matter with Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his visit to the UK for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) meeting next month.