Tag: Elections

21st December 2016 Abuja, Nigeria

Louise Edwards

2nd Secretary Political (Niger Delta) and Head of Communications

Rivers Re-Run Elections

Last weekend I was part of a team from the British High Commission, joined by US and German colleagues who travelled to Rivers State, Nigeria to observe the Rivers State re run elections.  The elections in Rivers State are notoriously problematic (this was the third attempt at running the elections here), but we hoped that things […]

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21st November 2016 Beirut, Lebanon

Hugo Shorter

by Hugo Shorter

British Ambassador to Lebanon

To 365 Days of Independence

Mabrouk, Lebanon! There is a positive new mood in the country. Posters have gone up, and flags been hoisted. Just last week I was treated to a truly stately guard of honour and credentials ceremony at Baabda Palace, and was honoured to finally present my credentials to President Aoun. It has been a long time […]

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23rd September 2016 UK, London

Alok Sharma

by Alok Sharma

Minister for Asia and the Pacific

Celebrating success with Aung San Suu Kyi, and looking to the future for Burma

This week in New York, Burma reached another significant milestone, in what has already been a momentous year for the country. Among the throngs of world leaders at the United Nations General Assembly Secretary General Ban Ki-moon held a meeting to celebrate the conclusion of his partnership group on Burma – their work is complete. […]

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25th May 2016 Beirut, Lebanon

Hugo Shorter

by Hugo Shorter

British Ambassador to Lebanon

For the love of Lebanon, elect a President

Lebanon “commemorates” today the two year anniversary since it last had a President. Notre Dame University recently marked the 500th anniversary of the publication of Thomas More’s Utopia. Erasmus thought More’s genius was “such as England never had and never again will have.” But beyond his national importance to my country, I think Thomas More […]

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7th May 2016 Beirut, Lebanon

Hugo Shorter

by Hugo Shorter

British Ambassador to Lebanon

Local Elections of National Importance

Winston Churchill famously declared in 1947 that “democracy is the worst form of government except all those other forms that have been tried from time to time.” He was speaking from the floor of the House of Commons, the parliamentary chamber reserved for any “common” man or woman elected to represent the people of Britain. […]

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4th February 2016 Colombo, Sri Lanka

Laura Davies

by Laura Davies

Former Deputy High Commissioner to Sri Lanka and the Maldives

Democracy at Home and Abroad

Earlier this week in Colombo, we gathered together a group of civil society and human rights organisations.  For different reasons, Sri Lanka and Maldives are priorities for human rights for the UK.  That gives the High Commission access to the Magna Carta Fund, a strategic programme fund dedicated to tackling the root causes of human […]

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14th September 2015 Havana, Cuba

Tim Cole

by Tim Cole

Former British Ambassador to Cuba

Civil society; democracy’s oxygen

15 September marks the UN International Day of Democracy, a day on which Governments are encouraged to strengthen national programmes devoted to the promotion and consolidation of democracy. The UN General Assembly resolution establishing the day encourages all member states to bring the day to the awareness of their citizens. The resolution also reaffirms the […]

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21st August 2015 Colombo, Sri Lanka

Laura Davies

by Laura Davies

Former Deputy High Commissioner to Sri Lanka and the Maldives

Sri Lanka: an election observed

Monday’s general election was very tight. It was also remarkably peaceful. From the President and Elections Commissioner down, all involved have commented positively on the conduct of the election, many describing it as Sri Lanka’s best in decades. It’s not for the UK to support one party over another. Our interest is for Sri Lanka […]

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24th May 2014 Beirut, Lebanon

Tom Fletcher

by Tom Fletcher

British Ambassador to Lebanon

An Apology, and a Lebanese Manifesto

Today I visited the Presidential Palace to thank President Sleiman for his leadership. Throughout his mandate he has led Lebanon with great dignity and wisdom, and worked tirelessly for unity and consensus. He has just left the building. In theory, a new President should be preparing to arrive, making the last adjustments to his or […]

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11th June 2013 Dublin, Ireland

Robin Barnett

by Robin Barnett

Ambassador to Ireland, Dublin

Anniversaries: why history matters.

It has been another really busy but rewarding week for me. The highlights included reminders of history, a visit to Poznan and further evidence of the potential to increase trade and investment with Poland. The Fourth of June was both the anniversary of the historic 1989 elections in Poland when Solidarity won a remarkable victory […]

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