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26th February 2016 Geneva, Switzerland

Fleur Heyworth

Not your typical intern

I am not your typical intern. I am about to turn 35, I have 2 children aged 5 and 3, and a previous career as a Barrister. I traded in late night briefs, daily court advocacy and negotiations, and challenging clients for the trials and tribulations of child rearing and home making. Eighteen months ago […]

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23rd March 2015

Nigel Baker

by Nigel Baker

Ambassador to the Holy See (2011-2016)

"Corruption stinks!"

Pope Francis is a powerful campaigner against corruption; the exploitation by the powerful of the vulnerable, the poor and the weak. He returned to this theme again on his recent visit to Naples, a city blighted by the corrupting influence of organised crime. “Corruption stinks”, he said, “corrupt society stinks and a Christian who lets […]

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16th October 2014 Beirut, Lebanon

Tom Fletcher

by Tom Fletcher

British Ambassador to Lebanon

Equality, Dignity, Respect: Trading Places

This year’s Blog Action Day (#BAD2014 #Blogaction14), on 16 October, is on inequality. To encourage debate about the rights of migrant workers, I spent the day with Kalkidan Nigusie, from Ethiopia. In the morning, we visited the Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk (who has written his response here), gave a press conference, and chaired a meeting […]

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17th April 2014

Nigel Baker

by Nigel Baker

Ambassador to the Holy See (2011-2016)

Dedicated to the needs of others

At his General Audience on 16 April, Pope Francis urged the large crowd of pilgrims present to dedicate Holy Week to learning about the needs of others, especially those out of sight, “whom we often forget, who need our comprehension, consolation and help.” This is a message that applies as much to governments as individuals, […]

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9th March 2014 British High Commission, Kingston, Jamaica

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by Syranno Baines

Digital and Communications Officer

The message is still gender equality

Today, gender equality is just as relevant as it was in 1910, when International Women’s Day was first celebrated. Despite legislative and social advancements in favor of women’s rights, women and girls in countries like Jamaica, continue to face discrimination,violence, and a lack of economic opportunity. For its part, Jamaica has enacted legislation, which coupled with […]

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10th October 2013 British High Commission, Kingston, Jamaica

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by Syranno Baines

Digital and Communications Officer

The Death Penalty in the English Speaking Caribbean: A Jamaican Perspective

When the English-speaking Caribbean countries attained independence in the 1960’s, 1970’s and 1980’s, their new sovereign Constitutions contained Bills of Rights which created a new and critical opportunity for attacking the death penalty. Each of these Constitutions now contained fundamental rights guarantees against cruel, inhumane and degrading punishment or treatment and in favour of fair trials.

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3rd February 2013 British High Commission, Kingston, Jamaica

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by Syranno Baines

Digital and Communications Officer

A few words for Human Rights

For 2013 Human Rights will continue to factor into most of my conversations. This realization is fueled in part by countless Jamaican news reports of children being murdered, or being made to work, or held in ramshackle prisons with adult offenders. Notwithstanding the moratorium, the death penalty remains on Jamaican law books. The high crime rate, extra […]

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12th November 2012

Leigh Turner

by Leigh Turner

Ambassador to Austria and UK Permanent Representative to the United Nations and other International Organisations in Vienna

Why allowing everything in England helps international business

It’s not often that I meet representatives of a British Company in the morning and read in the afternoon that they are contributing to UK economic success. So I’m intrigued here in Istanbul to meet leading law firm DLA Piper – one of several which have established substantial operations in Turkey – and to read […]

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13th October 2011

Leigh Turner

by Leigh Turner

Ambassador to Austria and UK Permanent Representative to the United Nations and other International Organisations in Vienna

What Next for Ukraine?

This week, for almost the first time since I arrived in Ukraine in June 2008, Ukraine has been the number one item on the BBC World News website and in other media around the world.  Friends have been getting in touch to ask me what’s going on, and where Ukraine is going.  It’s an important […]

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8th June 2011

Greg Dorey

by Greg Dorey

Diplomat

RIP President Madl

Yesterday Ferenc Madl was buried in a moving ceremony with military honours in the Fiume Street Public Cemetery and a mass was held in the Basilica in his honour. President of Hungary between 2000 and 2005, he was respected for his propriety, knowledge and personal humility. As a judicial and non-partisan expert, he sent legislation […]

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