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22nd August 2019 Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Matt Field

by Matt Field

British Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina

Creativity – It’s Good Business

This week, like many others, I have been enjoying the Sarajevo Film Festival (SFF). I feel particularly lucky that my first as UK Ambassador was the 25th SFF (I will admit to having sneaked in unofficially last year, just before I began my mandate). I am still star struck after seeing two of my favourite […]

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26th June 2019 Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Matt Field

by Matt Field

British Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina

I Fought The Rule of Law, and The Rule of Law Won*

The rule of law. It’s a phrase I hear almost every day. I probably use it as often. It is the basis of complaints from citizens, accusations between politicians, and criticisms from civil society. It is at the heart of the European Commission’s recent ‘Opinion’ on BiH. I am not sure we know what we […]

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16th May 2019 Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Matt Field

by Matt Field

British Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina

LGBT rights are human rights

As British Ambassador in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), I am proud to stand up for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) rights, which are fundamental human rights, and the fight against discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. 17 May is International Day against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia, better known as IDAHOBIT, […]

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29th March 2019 Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Matt Field

by Matt Field

British Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina

You are not alone

A family dancing as they celebrate Nowruz in a temporary accommodation facilities for migrant families in Bihac

Last week I visited Una-Sana Canton, to see first-hand some of the UK’s support work for local communities there. By chance, this coincided with the festival of Nowruz, so during my visit to one of the temporary accommodation facilities for migrant families, I was able to join their colourful, musical Persian New Year celebrations. In […]

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26th February 2019 Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Matt Field

by Matt Field

British Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina

Together we can

27 February is ‘World NGO Day’, a chance for all of us to reflect on the vital contributions made by Non-Governmental Organisations, also known as Civil Society Organisations. What do we mean by that? Anything that brings people together in the space outside of governments and business (hence the term ‘third sector’), from sports clubs […]

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6th February 2019 Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Matt Field

by Matt Field

British Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina

More than a game

Sport has always played a big part in my personal life, as a young rugby player, a student field hockey player, and more than all as an armchair enthusiast. I am lucky that sport has also factored in my professional career, by managing to be in Japan for the 2002 World Cup, London for the […]

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17th January 2019 Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Matt Field

by Matt Field

British Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina

A New Start

Happy New Year, everyone. This is an exciting time of fresh beginnings, renewed energy and commitment to the challenges in front of us. I cannot say it was a full break from work, because sometimes a claim is so ridiculous that you have to respond – protests in Banja Luka were organised by the UK […]

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24th December 2018 Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Matt Field

by Matt Field

British Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina

Saying goodbye to Paddy

This weekend the UK and Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) lost a dear friend, with the passing of Lord Ashdown. ‘Paddy’ was a nickname from childhood, but one he continued to use throughout his life, and by which he will be remembered across BiH. Much has already been written about his powerful contribution to British politics, […]

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10th December 2018 Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Ivana Bilic and Anes Osmic

The wounds of my generation and why we engage

Anes Osmic and Ivana Bilic, young activists from Bosnia and Herzegovina, use theatre as a means of dialogue and believe that only through working together and communicating openly can one solve issues at the local level and build a common future. They cooperated on a play “Yellow Boots” performed at Sarajevo SARTR on 8 December […]

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7th December 2018 Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Matt Field

by Matt Field

British Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina

Corruption has a cost … and it is paid by citizens

9 December is International Day for the Fight Against Corruption. No one in Bosnia and Herzegovina needs to be told about the damage done by this poison. Since I took over as British Ambassador here three months ago, it is probably the single subject I have heard most about in my conversations with people. Corruption […]

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