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23rd July 2021 Geneva, Switzerland

Verity Robson

by Verity Robson

Legal Counsellor, UK Mission to the United Nations, Geneva

Privilege and Power at the Palais des Nations

After 13 sessions, dozens of resolutions, and innumerable late nights staring square-eyed at incomprehensible drafting changes, my tenure as part of the UK’s negotiating team at the UN Human Rights Council finally concluded last week. It had been a tense session, conducted mostly virtually: as I’ve commented elsewhere, it can be difficult to reach compromise […]

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3rd May 2021 Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Matt Field

by Matt Field

British Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina

A price for freedom

Of the many freedoms that make up a democratic and fair society, the importance of freedom of media is one of the most often overlooked. World Press Freedom Day is a chance to remind ourselves of the crucial work being done by independent journalists, in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and all over the world, and to […]

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10th December 2020 Colombo, Sri Lanka

Orange the World: The UK’s Response to Preventing Violence Against Women and Girls in Sri Lanka

Since 1991, a global campaign has run from 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, until 10 December, Human Rights Day. The 16 days of Activism sees individuals and organisations from across the world, unite against sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV). Together, we demonstrate solidarity with survivors, raise awareness, and […]

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9th December 2020 Holy See

Sally Axworthy

by Sally Axworthy

Ambassador to the Holy See

Sisters defending human rights: fighting forced marriage in Benin

As British Ambassador to the Holy See I have been privileged to work with some of the 650,000 Catholic women religious who are combating the global issues affecting the world today: from the response to the Covid-19 pandemic to modern slavery, from helping victims of sexual violence in conflict to protecting the planet, women religious […]

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12th November 2020 Geneva

Rita French

by Rita French

UK Ambassador for Human Rights and Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva

Introducing the European Human Rights Ambassadors: A Joint Blog

Would you like to meet us or ask a question? Join us for a virtual webinar on 18 November 2020 at 3:30pm CET. Save the date in your diary and join us. There is no doubt that COVID-19 has turned our world upside down. It has brought to the fore – and exacerbated – different […]

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15th July 2019 Dublin, Ireland

Robin Barnett

by Robin Barnett

Former 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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