Know before you go!
A proportion of travellers are still going abroad without adequate travel insurance, risking thousands of pounds of expenses should they experience any difficulties while overseas. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) have gathered these statistics to highlight the importance of taking out insurance, and ensuring it covers you for everything you want to do.
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The United Kingdom will play its part. We will aim to ratify within the year and we will spare no effort to ensure this Arms Trade Treaty makes a real difference to the people that need it most, for finally I have signed for the innocent, caught up in conflict instigated by the wickedness of others, I sign for lives needlessly lost, in the hope that by making it more difficult for illicit arms to cause misery, an extra chance may be allowed for peaceful resolution of conflict, so that the world of my children and granddaughter will be that bit more bearable.
Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative: Foreign Secretary marks first anniversary
Foreign Secretary William Hague discusses the Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative, which he launched on 29 May 2012 with UN Special Envoy Angelina Jolie. A year on from the launch, he discusses the actions the UK has taken and work still to be done to tackle sexual violence in conflict.
The protection and promotion of the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people is an integral part of the Government’s wider international human rights agenda. Unfortunately, this position is not universally shared.
Internationally, the LGBT community continue to experience abuse of their human rights, including torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment, restrictions on their freedom of expression, association and peaceful assembly, and discrimination in employment and access to health services and education. They continue also to be subjected to violence and hate crimes.
On International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO), our clear message is that human rights are universal and should apply equally to all people, as enshrined in Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. To render consenting same-sex relations illegal is incompatible with international human rights laws, including the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.
Foreign Secretary William Hague marks International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia.
FCO marks International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia
The UK works to protect & promote rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual & transsexual people internationally. On International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, our clear message is that human rights are universal and should be equal for all.
The governments of the UK and Somalia are co-hosting an international conference on Somalia today in London. The conference aims to provide international support for the government of Somalia as they rebuild their country after two decades of conflict.
The promotion and protection of human rights is at the heart of the UK’s foreign policy objectives.
Read, share and comment on the report. We encourage you to submit your comments so that we can better understand the human rights concerns facing the public, as well as hear how we can improve our human rights reporting for 2013.
In March, Foreign Secretary William Hague and UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie visited Democratic Republic of Congo to highlight the problem of sexual violence in conflict. Here are some of the people they met, and others affected by the violence.
Photos credit Adel Sarkozi, CARE International UK.