Robbie Bulloch » Deputy High Commissioner to Sri Lanka

The Times They Are A-Changin’

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It’s a time of change at the British High Commission. I have now left Sri Lanka for London at the end of my posting, but my successor and the new British Deputy High Commissioner to Sri Lanka and the Maldives, Laura Davies, will carry on the blogging tradition! Thank you to everyone who has been following my blog over the last two years. I hope you will follow Laura when … Read more »The Times They Are A-Changin’

It’s #Time to Act

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I am pleased to share this ringside report from one of our Chevening Scholars who participated in the Ending Sexual Violence conference in London last month. UK Foreign Secretary, William Hague and the Special Envoy of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Angelina Jolie hosted the first ever Global Summit #Time to Act to end sexual violence in conflict. It was held in London from 10 -13 June and attended … Read more »It’s #Time to Act

UK Support for Reconciliation in Sri Lanka- guest blog

Community Policing in Mullaitivu supported by the UK

Daniel Painter took over as head of our political team in August 2013.  Here he shares some thoughts from his second visit to the North of Sri Lanka.   Flying up to Jaffna, the view from the aeroplane window is an endless vista of mountains, jungle, rivers and lagoons. It’s a beautiful country and it’s little wonder that increasing numbers of tourists, including Brits, are coming here. Having arrived in Sri … Read more »UK Support for Reconciliation in Sri Lanka- guest blog

Struggling against Homophobia and Transphobia

British High Commission flies the Rainbow flag in recognition of IDAHO

On 17 May the UK joins a number of other nations in celebrating IDAHO (International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia). Equal Ground is a Sri Lankan NGO which campaigns for LGBTI rights. To mark IDAHO I invited their Executive Director, Rosanna Flamer-Caldera, to share some thoughts.  For many Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex persons (LGBTI) in Sri Lanka, homophobia and transphobia is a reality they have to deal with on a daily … Read more »Struggling against Homophobia and Transphobia

Sri Lanka UK co-operation: a personal story

Dr Garusinghe: the consultant surgeon who performed the initial shunt surgery

A lot has happened since I last managed to post a blog, which partly explains why I haven’t.  Firstly Sri Lanka hosted one of the biggest international events in its history when Commonwealth leaders met here last November.  This year there has been intense work and debate in the run up to the Human Rights Council in Geneva, which passed a resolution on Sri Lanka.  And more recently I was pleased to see the start of … Read more »Sri Lanka UK co-operation: a personal story

Observations on Maldives

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Working in the Maldives might seem like a good gig but it’s not always as glamorous as it sounds. While the island nation undoubtedly has some of the most outstanding resorts in the world, like most other places it has its rainy season and urban centres. As diplomats these are where we spend most of our time.  The past couple of days saw me reaching regularly for my brolly as … Read more »Observations on Maldives

Chevening evening

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Last night I hosted a reception for Chevening scholars from Sri Lanka and Maldives.  It marked the 30th anniversary of the Chevening scheme which offers Foreign Office funded scholarships for post graduate students to study in the UK.  The idea behind the scheme is to enable high performers and future leaders in different fields to study at one of the UK’s excellent universities and make a positive contribution to their … Read more »Chevening evening

Summer internship – Guest Blog

Sanjana Mukhi

This summer, for the first time, our Trade and Investment team offered an internship at the High Commission. We were delighted to host Sanjana Mukhi who got involved in all aspects of the team’s work.  Below she shares some reflections of her experience of working with us. We hope to run a similar scheme again next year. My two month summer internship at the British High Commission with UK Trade and Investment … Read more »Summer internship – Guest Blog

Changing Platforms

Our new High Commission

Buying and selling property is stressful and always takes longer than you think. But none of us expected that the sale of the old British High Commission on the Galle Road would take three agonising years to complete. When we finally signed the deeds last month it was both a relief and a momentous occasion: the British High Commission had been on the Galle Road since 1963. Many of our … Read more »Changing Platforms

Free Expression – the fundamentals of civilisation

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Today marks the 20th anniversary of World Press Freedom Day. The day was established to celebrate freedom of the press and to remind governments of their duty to uphold freedom of expression enshrined under Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Freedom of the press is fundamental to any healthy democracy but throughout the world many journalists live in fear of reprisals because of their work and serious attacks against them … Read more »Free Expression – the fundamentals of civilisation