Tag: sexual

12th June 2014

Greg Dorey

by Greg Dorey

Diplomat

Ending Sexual Violence as a Tool of War

Sexual violence committed in war zones has been not only an abomination against humanity but a growing problem. Long seen as an inevitable consequence of a breakdown of law and order and often regarded as a ‘lesser crime’, it is increasingly being used as a means of war to humiliate and devastate communities belonging to the […]

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10th June 2014 Dublin, Ireland

Robin Barnett

by Robin Barnett

Ambassador to Ireland, Dublin

PSVI Global Summit in London – Time To Act

In May 2012, British Foreign Secretary William Hague launched the “Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative” or “PSVI” In short, PSVI is about preventing the use of rape and sexual violence as a weapon in conflict. In so many conflict situations, it affects not only large numbers of women, but also men and children. However, the perpetrators of […]

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27th November 2012 Nairobi, Kenya

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by Matt Baugh

Ambassador to Somalia

Somalia: Breaking The Silence On Sexual Violence

Earlier this year, the British Foreign Secretary William Hague MP, announced a new initiative to prevent sexual violence against women. It aims to strengthen international efforts and coordination to prevent and respond to sexual violence, to erode the existing culture of impunity, to increase the number of perpetrators brought to justice and to support states […]

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24th June 2011 Geneva, Switzerland

Bob Last

by Bob Last

Deputy Head, UK Mission Political Team

Rewriting the unwritten rules

Life is full of unwritten rules which help determine the limits of acceptable behaviour and which help you avoid making embarrassing and sometimes costly mistakes. The peculiar world of the Human Rights Council is no exception. No one tells you these little bits of conventional wisdom like, don’t deliver the first 2 minutes of your […]

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6th June 2011 Geneva, Switzerland

Bob Last

by Bob Last

Deputy Head, UK Mission Political Team

Changing Times

There’ve been some major changes since I last updated my blog. I’ll start with the most important, which is that I became a dad for the first time in early March. Funnily enough, my son Ben was born on the Human Rights Council’s annual day on the rights of the child which has reinforced an […]

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14th December 2010 Geneva, Switzerland

Bob Last

by Bob Last

Deputy Head, UK Mission Political Team

Putting the “Universal” Back in the Universal Declaration

 Guest blog by John Fisher, ARC International* “It is not called the ‘Partial’ Declaration of Human Rights,” UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon underlined at a World Human Rights Day panel on Ending Violence and Criminal Sanctions based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity.  “It is not the ‘Sometimes’ Declaration of Human Rights.” The Secretary General […]

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