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HAIN CALLS ON SUN-SEEKERS TO KNOW THEIR RIGHTS IN EUROPE
On 30 July Europe Minister Peter Hain will urge holiday-makers to know about their rights when travelling to Europe this summer. The biggest change this year is that British travellers will use Euro notes and coins instead of pesetas, drachmas and francs.
BRITISH OVERSEAS CITIZENS RIGHT TO LIVE IN UK
A long-standing obligation to British citizens living overseas during decolonisation has been met by the Government today, as the Home Office announced that certain British Overseas citizens (BOCs) would have the option to acquire British citizenship, with the right to live in the UK.
TRAVEL ADVICE FOR GAY, LESBIAN, BISEXUAL AND TRANSGENDER TRAVELLERS
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has today (4 July) issued travellers tips specifically for the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender (GLBT) sector. The tips are part of the on-going 'Know Before You Go' campaign. Baroness Amos, FCO Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, said ‘We are proud to be one of the first Foreign Offices to address the concerns of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender travellers. The 'Know Before You Go' campaign was launched last year to help British travellers better prepare before going abroad so they are more likely to enjoy a trouble free holiday.'
CHANGES TO FCO TRAVEL ADVICE FOR INDIA AND PAKISTAN
The Foreign Office has revised its travel advice for India and Pakistan following steps both India and Pakistan have made towards de-escalation. For India, we still recommend against all but essential travel. British nationals already in India should consider their need to remain in the country, but we no longer advise they should leave. For Pakistan, our advice no longer recommends against all travel. But we continue to advise against all but essential travel.
FCO AND SOCIAL SERVICES JOIN FORCES TO TACKLE FORCED MARRIAGE
As part of its ongoing commitment to tackling the issue of forced marriage, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office will take the first steps in developing best practice guidelines for Social Services at a conference in Wakefield, which begins today.
Social Service workers from across the country will attend the three day conference organised by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, alongside non-governmental organisations and community groups to help identify the key issues they face in dealing with victims or potential victims of forced marriage.
INDIA AND PAKISTAN: FOREIGN OFFICE REVISES TRAVEL ADVICE
As a result of the continuing tensions between the two countries, the Foreign Office has strengthened its Travel Advice for India and Pakistan. Instead of advising British nationals in those countries to ‘consider’ leaving, the Foreign Office is now advising them that they ‘should’ leave. The Foreign Secretary, Jack Straw said that in his view ‘war between India and Pakistan is not inevitable and with our international partners we continue to do all we can to avert a crisis’. However, he said: ‘given my duty of care towards British nationals and the continuing tensions between the two countries I have decided to make this further change to our Travel Advice today.’
FOREIGN SECRETARY ANNOUNCES A REDUCTION OF FOREIGN OFFICE STAFFING LEVELS AND A CHANGE OF TRAVEL ADVICE FOR INDIA
The Foreign Secretary, Jack Straw, has announced a reduction of Foreign Office staffing and a change of travel advice for India on 31 May. Travel advice now advises against travel to India, and gives more detailed in-country advice. British nationals there should consider leaving. Dependants of British Government staff and less-essential staff themselves have been offered the chance to return home if they choose. The FCO will continue to offer a visa service, but at a reduced level.
FOREIGN SECRETARY JACK STRAW MEETS THE BRITISH NATIONALS DETAINED IN GREECE
The Foreign Secretary, Jack Straw, met the group of twelve British nationals who were detained in Greece on 23 May. Mr Straw said, 'We will continue to do provide whatever assistance we are able to the group'.
FOREIGN SECRETARY JACK STRAW ON DIPLOMATIC REPRESENTATION IN PAKISTAN
The Foreign Secretary, Jack Straw, has said, 'The security threat to British interests in Pakistan has led me to take the difficult decision to reduce the level of HMG's diplomatic representation there. We will begin reducing the number of staff and dependants in Pakistan with immediate effect'. The FCO is now advising against all but essential travel to Pakistan, and then only where there is a compelling reason, and where security is assured.
‘REDUCED DIPLOMATIC REPRESENTATION IN PAKISTAN’
The Foreign Secretary, Jack Straw, gave a doorstep interview on 22 May on the decision to reduce British diplomatic representation in Pakistan. He said, ‘As a result of these decisions the British post in Lahore will be closed altogether, the Deputy High Commission in Karachi will offer a very limited consular service and there will be a significant reduction in the staffing and therefore the service operated from our main High Commission in Islamabad’. Mr Straw added, ‘I have taken these decisions… but it is my duty above all to take into account concerns about the security of our staff and their families and children in Pakistan, as well as of course of other British citizens and British interests’.