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Bouncing back from recent leaks suggesting that William Hague was downgrading human rights work at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, this article stresses his commitment to human rights, and affirms that issues will be raised with allies and opponents. But what it doesn't say is just as instructive. Like the previous Labour Government, Hague says that the coalition will speak out – but will they act? Will trade policy reflect our commitment to human rights, or arms trading, or development? Speaking out about human rights abuses is absolutely right, and welcome. But making abuse of human rights pay would be even better – and slightly more likely to have an impact.