U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry holds an informal three-way meeting with British Foreign Secretary William Hague and French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius before the beginning of a London Eleven Plenary and Working Dinner focused on Syria’s future in Amman, Jordan, on May 22, 2013. [State Department photo/ Public Domain]
UK Presidency of G8 2013
This year the UK assumes the one-year Presidency of the G8, with the Leaders’ Summit taking place 17 to 18 June. Prime Minister David Cameron’s priority during the G8 Presidency will be the global economy. He will use the Presidency to help generate growth, jobs and prosperity for the long term. To achieve this the UK G8 will focus on open economies, open governments and open societies to support free trade, tackle tax evasion and encourage greater transparency and accountability.
The embassy is participating in the 2013 Capital Pride Festival on 8 June to support the UK’s LGBT policy and commitment to human rights.
For the first time, the British Embassy in Washington will participate in this year’s 38th Annual Capital Pride Parade, which celebrates the spirit of the local and national Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community in Washington, DC. The British Embassy is the first foreign government presence in the 10 day celebration.
The UK government formally supports that human rights are universal and should be equal for all, as the UK celebrates today on International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia. The UK’s commitment to promoting human rights is part of its foreign policy as an inclusive one, and the UK record on promoting equality and non-discrimination for LGBT people domestically over the previous decade has brought an end to most discrimination in the content and the application of the law inside the UK.
A team of UK wounded heroes competed in the 2013 Warrior Games, which were visited by Prince Harry.
The Warrior Games is a competitive Paralympic sporting event for wounded, injured and sick service personnel and veterans, hosted by the US Olympic Committee (USOC) and presented by Deloitte.
The squad of UK athletes took part in friendly competitions against US service members and veterans at the event which ran from 11-16 May 2013 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The UK team won a total of 21 medals.
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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.
A welcome medal rush came the way of the British Armed Forces team at the Warrior Games in Colorado.
The UK athletes shone on the track taking a total of nine medals and blowing away the competition, and the spectators, with a very special relay race.
(via British Forces News)