Today, to mark International Human Rights Day 2014, I’m pleased to have a guest blog by Korean university student, Jae-eun Kang, who has written about why civil society is important to human rights. Nothing about us without us: Why civil society is important to human rights. Member of the IGS, Jae Eun Kang As the world is becoming globalized, not only good things – like social justice or chance of … Guest Blog: Nothing about us without us: Why civil society is important to human rights.
The following blog is a guest contribution by Jae-hyun Park, winner of the recent International Public Speaking Competition, organised by the English Speaking Union (ESU) and held in London. Jae-hyun is the second Korean winner in recent years and was the overall winner in competition that had 40,000 entrants across the globe! Views are those of the author. Recently, I was invited to meet Ambassador Scott Wightman at the British … Guest Blog: Korean Victory At English-Speaking Contest
The following is a guest blog by Tae-ho Kwon, the Korean delegate at the Youth Summit that ran alongside the Global Summit on Ending Sexual Violence in Conflict. The views are those of the writer. I have recently participated in the Global Summit on Ending Sexual Violence in Conflict, which took place at Excel London, UK, from the 10th of June until the 13th. More than 150 governments, a number … Guest Blog: Youth Delegate to Ending Sexual Violence Summit
Throughout history and even in the present day, women, men, boys and girls all over the world have suffered the horrific consequences of sexual violence in conflict. These violations cannot be seen as an inevitable part of war and conflict. The UK Government believes that it is time to act to end these abhorrent crimes and ensure those responsible face justice. In less than two weeks time, the Global Summit … Ending Sexual Violence in Conflict – Time to Act
Joint blog by Aingeal O’Donoghue, Ambassador of Ireland to Korea and Scott Wightman, British Ambassador to Korea From 8-11 April Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II will host the President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins for an official State Visit to the United Kingdom, the first ever by an Irish President. It will be a momentous occasion, following on from the State Visit of Her Majesty to Ireland in 2011, the … Historic Moment for UK-Ireland Ties
8 March is the 103rd UN International Women’s Day. Promoting gender equality and women’s empowerment worldwide is an important priority for the British Government. The UK theme for International Women’s Day on this occasion is “women’s economic empowerment and raising girls’ aspirations”. As a father of two girls this has particular resonance for me. Latest World Bank figures indicate that women now constitute 56% of the labour force in the … International Women’s Day 2014: Inspiring Change
Like many of you, I have been following the Sochi Winter Olympics and have been thrilled by the spectacular pictures, especially those from the colourful freestyle skiing events. It has been a successful Games for the young and talented athletes from Team GB who, at the time of writing, sit on three medals, with the certainty of at least one more to come. So this will be our best ever haul. … UK Leads in Sports Delivery
This week, to mark Human Rights Day 2013, I’m pleased to have a guest blog by Joanna Hosaniak from the Citizens Alliance for North Korean Human Rights. The establishment of a UN Commission of Inquiry (COI) is a rare case in the international community. It is a para-judicial form of investigation into alleged crimes against humanity committed in a given country. The establishment of the body is in many cases … What after the UN Commission of Inquiry for the DPRK?
On 30 November, we celebrate St.Andrew’s Day. St.Andrew is the patron saint of Scotland and, as such, the day is our opportunity to mark Scotland’s contribution to the UK and indeed to the wider world. Sir Winston Churchill once said that “of all the small nations on this earth, perhaps only the ancient Greeks surpass the Scots in their contribution to mankind.” Whilst it might be a country of around … A Wee Country’s Big Contribution
This week I attended the UK and Republic of Korea 6th Development Policy Dialogue in Seoul. During the recent State Visit to the UK, President Park Geun-hye and Prime Minister Cameron agreed to explore ways to strengthen further our bilateral development cooperation, so this was timely follow-up. Colleagues from the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) met their counterparts from the Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Korea International Cooperation … International Development – Playing our part