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9th October 2015

Coming out boosted my confidence - this year I attended my first Pride in London with FLAGG Co-chair Jonathan Marshall.

Coming out for Coming Out Day

by William Fox

Communications and Digital Officer, UKREP Brussels and Foreign Office Lesbian and Gay Group (FLAGG) member

9th October 2015 London, England

Baroness Anelay

by Baroness Anelay

Foreign Office Minister for Human Rights

The launch of The Torture Reporting Handbook

On 24 September, the FCO hosted an event to launch The Torture Reporting Handbook. This is a guide on how to document and respond to allegations within the international system. Anyone who has seen the horrifying words of a torture survivor written in a report by Freedom from Torture will be appalled at the inhumanity […]

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9th October 2015 Athens, Greece

Tea with the UK Crete Veterans and Friends Society

Greece is known for the warm welcome it offers its visitors, and its ancient tradition of hospitality or filoxenia. This is the spirit in which the veterans of the Battle of Crete and their families have always been received on Crete, and to the members of the Crete Veterans and Friends Society there is a corner […]

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8th October 2015 Toronto, Canada

Canadian science news: 28 September-4 October 2015

Want to receive this newsletter in your inbox as soon as it’s compiled? Join our mailing list here: Our weekly wrap-up of science news in Canada, 28 September-4 October 2015:

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7th October 2015 London, UK

Hugo Swire

by Hugo Swire

Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Sri Lanka: talking about a resolution

Swire Welfare

For those of you who don’t know Sri Lanka, it’s a beautiful country – with world-class national parks, world heritage sites and pristine tropical beaches. But it is also haunted by a traumatic past, a devastating twenty-six year civil war between the Tamil Tigers and the government that ended in 2009. Some of the stories […]

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7th October 2015 Mumbai, India

Vijay Iyer

by Vijay Iyer

Senior Intellectual Property Adviser, India

IPEX-2015 in Chennai

Last month, I spoke at the 6th edition of the IPEX-2015 conference in Chennai from 25-26 September. This meeting, organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry, brought together thought leaders from the government, industry, and academia. Through my talk, I shared the UK’s best practices in intellectual property (IP) prosecution and enforcement.  On prosecution, I […]

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6th October 2015 London, UK

Dominic Rhodes

Human Rights and Democracy Department Communications Officer

FCO Human Rights and Democracy Programme: Promoting Ethno-Religious Harmony in Sri Lanka

Mixed-religion community in Sri Lanka.

Slowly but increasingly surely, Sri Lanka is becoming a human rights success story. This is primarily due to the determination of its people and the courage of its recently elected leaders (see the British High Commission’s blog). But the international community, responding to our Prime Minister’s lead, has played a significant role, including through the […]

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6th October 2015 Vienna, Austria

Sian MacLeod

by Sian MacLeod

Ambassador and Head of UK Delegation to the OSCE, Vienna

Postcards from the Western Balkans


Remember the days when the tiny closed state of Albania was known from Orwellian Radio Tirana broadcasts picked up on a crackly short wave radio? Although things are very different now Albania remains a relatively rare destination for British visitors, so on my first visit I made sure to find postcards for my family. My […]

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5th October 2015 Geneva, Switzerland

Bob Last

by Bob Last

Senior Human Rights Advisor, UK Mission human rights team

Turning the page

Standing with Tamil National Alliance spokesman and MP for Jaffna, M A Sumanthiran

Just before the session began, someone told me about Mike the chicken who somehow managed to survive for 18 months despite being headless. There’s been more than a few times over the last year and a half when I’ve known how he felt. The demands of trying to work with a young family and badly […]

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5th October 2015 Geneva, Switzerland

Julian Braithwaite

by Julian Braithwaite

Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the UN and other international organisations in Geneva

Milan Expo and How Governments Promote Trade and Prosperity

I’ve just spent the weekend at the Milan Expo.  Over a hundred countries showcasing themselves in a tradition of world fairs that stretches back to the nineteenth century and the “first World Expo” at Crystal Palace in 1851. The most expensive pavilion was the UAE extravaganza, coming in at allegedly just  shy of £100 million.  […]

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5th October 2015 New Delhi, India

Jagori Dhar

by Jagori Dhar

Head - Press and Communications, UK Trade, Investment & Prosperity

India celebrates some classic flavours of British food & beverage

Food lovers in Delhi, Mumbai and Bengaluru got a bite of some authentic British favourites prepared by Indian celebrity Chef Ajay Chopra at Godrej’s Nature’s Basket (GNB) outlets in their cities. Having spent a good number of years in the UK, Chef Ajay Chopra gets down to doing what he does best – making some […]

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