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Human rights work at the Foreign Office

15th July 2019 Dublin, Ireland

Robin Barnett

by Robin Barnett

Ambassador to Ireland, Dublin

Media freedom and the protection of female journalists online

Welcome to the first edition of my blog. I intend to use it to share both reflections on important policy issues and some more personal impressions from my experiences here in Dublin and right across the beautiful country of Ireland. Today, however, I would like to focus on the incredibly important topic of media freedom. […]

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19th March 2019 Geneva, Switzerland

Verity Robson

by Verity Robson

Legal Counsellor, UK Mission to the United Nations, Geneva

The Rule of Law in the Human Rights Council

The implementation of the rule of law, like human rights and fundamental freedoms, is a key means by which the power of the state is constrained. While human rights address the relationship between the state and its people, the rule of law governs the relationship between the branches of the state.  Its implementation ensures that […]

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15th November 2018 Burma

Dan Chugg

by Dan Chugg

British Ambassador to Burma

Posted to Burma: a country on the edge

Dan Chugg in Vietnam

Before starting my posting to Burma, I was frequently asked, “What can an Ambassador actually do in a country like Burma?”. It was a good question! The recent crisis in Rakhine State and the traumas faced by the Rohingya have been widely reported in the news. Less well known are: the violent conflicts in other […]

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9th August 2018 Berlin, Germany

Sebastian Wood

British Ambassador to Germany

Flying the flag for diversity, respect and tolerance

We in the UK and Germany have come a long way over the past decades in the fight for tolerance, diversity and sexual equality. And we have achieved a great deal. Today it almost easy to forget that homosexual relations were illegal less than 50 years ago in both countries. Since then, many small steps […]

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26th June 2018 London, UK

Dr. Ivar Fahsing / Gisle Kvanvig

Detective Chief Superintendent and Assistant Professor at the Norwegian Police University College / University of Oslo, Norwegian Centre for Human Rights

UK interviewing and investigation techniques take a detour through Norway and go global


For the last decade, the Norwegian Police Service and the Norwegian Centre for Human Rights (NCHR) at the University of Oslo have cooperated on implementing methods of interviewing and investigations in law enforcement, military and intelligence services around the world. The methods originated in the UK and the ongoing projects involve close cooperation with British […]

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8th May 2018 London, UK

Michael Adamson

Chief Executive of the British Red Cross

The Red Cross and Red Crescent: everywhere for everyone

Today (8 May) is World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day, a day to celebrate the incredible work of our staff and volunteers around the world. Every year the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement supports millions of people affected by conflict, natural disasters and other emergencies through its network of 191 national societies,14 million […]

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10th April 2018 London, UK

Joanna Roper

by Joanna Roper

FCO Special Envoy for Gender Equality

One in three young people live in the Commonwealth: education is the key to their future

The Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting will soon be upon us.  A major gathering of representatives from 53 governments who look after 2.4 billion people – a third of the world’s population – over 60% of whom are 29 or under.  It’s also an opportunity for the UK to demonstrate its commitment to this multilateral […]

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14th March 2018 Gaborone, Botswana

Katharine Ransome

by Katharine Ransome

British High Commissioner to Botswana and UK Representative to the Southern Africa Development Community

Celebrating Phenomenal Batswana Women

#PressforProgress A message from Her Excellency The British High Commissioner to Botswana, Katy Ransome on International Women’s Day 2018 We must strive to ensure that women have access to equal opportunities in the workplace, politics and most importantly girls access to education. This International Women’s Day is an opportunity to take action to press forward […]

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22nd February 2018 Abuja, Nigeria

Jibikeoluwa Faborode

Chevening Programme Officer

Disability inclusion begins with You and I

I recently organised a targeted Chevening Scholarship application workshop for Persons with Disabilities (PWDs). Chevening is a holistic UK government funded scheme that prepares talented individuals for the future leadership of Nigeria, through a cultural exchange and master’s degree programme in the UK. The workshop was hosted in collaboration with the Christian Blind Mission (CBM) […]

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8th December 2017 London, UK

Mervyn Thomas

Chief Executive, Christian Solidarity Worldwide

Faith Actors Can Play a Positive Role in Defending Human Rights. They Need Support.


The right to freedom of religion or belief (FoRB) is often misunderstood and dismissed as special pleading by the religious, when in reality, in its fullest form, it protects the right of all people to live their lives according to their deepest convictions, whether or not they have a religion or belief. It must be […]

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