Select Committee on Foreign Affairs Appendices to the Minutes of Evidence

Annex A

British Council Activities in Human Rights, 2001


  The British Council connects people worldwide to share ideas, information and best practice in human rights. Our work demonstrates the experience and commitment of the UK as a partner in strengthening human rights and access to justice. We also stress the importance of access to human rights and justice for all members of society, including disadvantaged groups.

  This has been a busy year for the British Council and this report shows the extent and range of our work around the world. The British Council has now produced its strategy to the year 2005 confirming that governance, which includes human rights and law, will increase in importance to the Council over the next five years.

  The UK-wide incorporation of the Human Rights Act, in October 2000, has increased the profile of human rights at the UK level and led to rapidly growing resources, networks and practice in this area. The British Council has been working to facilitate overseas access to these developments, along with the increasing diversity within the UK jurisdictions in the wake of constitutional reforms.

  The following report sets out an overview of British Council work human rights around the world in 2000-2001.


  The British Council in Ethiopia.

    —  Set up Women 2000: Advancement and empowerment, an exhibition of recent UK publications relating to women's rights and gender equality. The books have been displayed in parliament and have been distributed to universities and other institutions throughout the country.

    —  Hosted a talk by a British Council-sponsored participant on the INE Violence against Women seminar on the subject of sexual harassment against women in the workplace and in schools. The talk was broadcast live on Ethiopian FM radio and generated a lot of debate.

    —  Hosted a visit by a dance and disability specialist who conducted a series of training workshops on disability and dance with the Adugna (street kids) dance group.

  The British Council in Ghana.

    —  Managed a project to teach children in junior and secondary schools about election processes timed to coincide with the holding of elections in Ghana in 2000. The main objective of the programme was to raise Ghanaian children's awareness about elections and democracy and prepare them to participate as responsible and informed citizens in the country's democratic process.

  The British Council in Malawi.

    —  Organised a visit by a British lawyer to carry out a feasibility study for Library resources for lawyers, a project which seeks to deliver computer equipment designed for library research by lawyers, judges, human rights organisations and legal academics in Malawi. The computers will be equipped with core British legal texts, statutes and law reports in digital form.

    —  Organised and funded two training seminars for 14 journalists in human rights reporting and 22 in parliamentary reporting. Many of the articles that the journalists produced as part of their training have since appeared in a publication called Writing Rights.

    —  Brought together members of the leading human rights organisations in Malawi in a forum to discuss issues of information sharing and networking. The forum also provided an opportunity for the British Council to consult the organisations on possible areas of intervention to promote human rights and build the capacity of NGOs in Malawi.

  The British Council in Mauritius.

    —  Organised a workshop to train more than 20 women candidates and senior party members from Mauritius, Rodrigues and the Seychelles who will be involved in the next election campaign in Mauritius. The objectives were to strengthen multi-party democratic processes and women's participation in these processes, promote gender issues and develop skills that will appeal to women voters.

  The British Council in Namibia.

    —  Managed the consultancy visit of a British media specialist on script-writing for a radio soap opera addressing the issue of domestic violence.

  The British Council in Nigeria.

    —  Organised a video-conference on the impact of the Beijing + five process on African women to mark the African Women's Day on 31 July. This was followed by two days of internet training on human rights resources for NGOs in Lagos. Further training is planned for Kano, Abuja and Enugu.

    —  Held a three-day training workshop on Sourcing legal information on the internet attended by legal professionals and practitioners.

    —  Managed a training session for community leaders on how to demand accountability from the leaders in their states.

    —  Organised a training programme for legal aid lawyers on access to justice and the enforcement of human rights.

  The British Council in South Africa.

    —  Facilitated various exchange activities between South African and British women as part of the Women changing places project (whereby women from different working and social backgrounds in the two countries meet, share ideas and strengthen the connections between those who are actively engaged in promoting gender equality). The activities in the project included a case study and training event on the economic empowerment of women; setting up a partnership and mentoring relationship with an arts manager from a disadvantaged community and the University of Liverpool; performances by a local dance-drama company exploring gender related issues; and participation in the first International Courts of Women held in Cape Town in March 2001.

    —  Funded a comparative study of policing in Northern Ireland and South Africa for a high level roundtable conference, organised by the South African Institute of International Affairs, on Crime in transition to examine comparative crime trends and policing change strategies in 16 countries undergoing political, social or economic transition. A senior representative from the Northern Ireland Police Service gave a presentation at the conference. A publication documenting the comparative study of policing in Northern Ireland and South Africa was published, which the British Council will be distributing to its contacts.

    —  Managed a DfID-funded study tour for five women working for the Zambian Young Womens' Christian Association to meet with various women's organisations using the media to combat violence against women.

  The British Council in Tanzania.

    —  Ran a training course in election campaigning skills for women parliamentary candidates prior to the October 2000 election. Subsequent evaluations of the training indicated that the participants had been able to make effective use of the skills acquired on the course during their campaigning. Twenty of the participants stood as constituency candidates in the election. After the election a meeting was held for all women candidates to identify actions needed over the next five years to enable more women to stand in the general election in 2005.

  The British Council in Zambia.

    —  Continued working with a regional NGO on the project Popularising CEDAW (the Convention for the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women). CEDAW was signed and ratified by the Government of Zambia in the 1980s. The purpose of the project is to make the Convention known amongst women and men at all levels of society. It is intended that the Convention will be used by gender-focussed groups to advocate and lobby for changes in legislation, customs and traditional practices and to promote a change in attitude and behaviour towards women. The British Council also collaborated in the production of a poster campaign illustrating articles of the Convention which will be distributed throughout Zambia in 2001, and will subsequently be used to illustrate a simplified brochure.


  The British Council in Argentina.

    —  Organised an international seminar and workshops for the second phase of a project to develop an efficient probation service in Argentina, working with NGOs and the academic sector and supported by the Ministry of Justice and Human Rights.

    —  Established a pilot programme for the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child with the co-operation of rural schools in the northern province of Tucuman. The British Council's Projects Manager also conducted a briefing on the Convention.

  The British Council in Brazil.

    —  Organised a series of workshops and a seminar which looked at witness protection schemes. During one of the events the Brazilian Government announced increased funding for such schemes.

    —  Ran a theatre and development conference, Changing the Scene, in Recife which was funded from the arts budget but had a strong human rights focus.

  The British Council in Chile.

    —  Developed a three-year project on prison reform in collaboration with the Ministry of Justice, the Chilean Prison Service and the International Centre for Prison Studies, King's College London. The project involved training in strategic planning to support the implementation of the New Prison Policy, which aims to improve the living conditions of prisoners and their possibilities for social rehabilitation.

    —  Organised the seminar Women leaders in NGOs: Strategic management for participation, in co-operation with the NGO Fundación Ideas and the University of Chile, which allowed 40 women from all over Chile to address issues related to gender, effective leadership and change management in NGOs.

  The British Council in Colombia.

    —  Organised a seminar on journalism and human rights in Bogota which was attended by 50 journalists from different media. UK contributors provided a training component and professional input.

  The British Council in Mexico.

    —  Produced a short film about child rights based on the winning story in a national competition. The film was shown during the Easter holidays in several cinemas throughout the capital, accompanying popular children's films.

    —  Organised a project in 10 Mexico City schools which involved development of teaching materials and links with UK schools to help children learn about child rights and citizenship issues.

  The British Council in Peru.

    —  Managed the third year of a radio project with the Instituto de Defensa Legal. In 2000 the project focused on workshops during which radio journalists from more than 90 provincial radio stations drafted a Code of ethics with the collaboration of the Thomson Foundation and a BBC journalist.

    —  Hosted a visit by a member of Electoral Reform International Ltd to Lima to meet government officials (including the Prime Minister), presidency candidates and representatives of human rights NGOs, etc. The aim of the visit was to raise awareness about the importance of electoral monitoring, especially in the Peruvian context. Its output was a report about the pre-electoral situation in Peru to be distributed amongst Peruvian journalists, local organisations, relevant international organisations, etc.

    —  Managed a new project with the National Co-ordinator for Human Rights, an umbrella organisation for human rights NGOs throughout Peru, to build an extranet system that will link approximately 60 human rights NGOs providing them with, and allowing them to share, useful and often sensitive information.

    —  Worked with the Peruvian Press Council to organise a major international seminar, Information for democracy, to which eight British speakers contributed. Special rapporteurs on freedom of information from the United Nations and the Organisation of American States were also keynote speakers. The theme was access to information and the main outcome was the Lima principles which will form the basis of promoting access to information in Peru and the region and of a bill to be presented to Congress during the coming year.

  The British Council in Venezuela.

    —  In collaboration with Venezuela's Ministry of Justice organised a one-week visit by the Director of the International Centre for Prison Studies of King's College London. The purpose of the visit was to share experiences and to discuss key issues in prison management and reform. It is hoped that this will lead to a new two-year project focused on reform of the prison management system and training for prison directors.


  The British Council in China.

    —  Organised a conference on domestic violence against women to increase awareness of women's rights. The conference was attended principally by prominent UK experts and 150 Chinese legal professionals, academics, government officials and social workers working in the areas of domestic violence and was covered by the media.

    —  Assisted the China University of Politics and Law to establish a Department of Human Rights Studies. Specific help was offered in the development of human rights curricula for legal professionals; staff capacity building; and developing academic links, consultancy services and a human rights database.

    —  Funded a research study by the Centre for Women's Law Studies and Legal Services of Peking University into the level of implementation and awareness of the UN Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) in China. The project has resulted in the publication of the first judicial book on CEDAW implementation in China, which will be submitted to the relevant authorities and circulated widely in the media and other parties involved in women's rights issues.

    —  Organised an exhibition on the rights of the child and juvenile justice which focused on the issues of protecting children from being victims of crime and measures to prevent juveniles from becoming involved in crime. The objective was to highlight the rights of children and their treatment under the law and to raise the profile of the rights of children amongst public and law organisations, especially the police. The exhibition was aimed at young adolescents, parents, teachers, and social workers. It included seminars, performances by British and Chinese drama groups and other activities. Total attendance was around 10,000, of which around 8,000 were children aged 4-18.

    —  Organised a lecture by a UK expert on international co-operation and new policies on combating domestic violence.

    —  Worked with gender development specialists in the drafting of amendments to the Marriage Law of China which is currently under revision to reflect the changes—particularly social and economic—that have taken place in the country since it was first implemented in 1981, and to protect more adequately women's rights and interests within and beyond marriage.

    —  Organised the visit of a UK human rights lawyer to deliver lectures to Chinese legal specialists on the British experience of incorporating the European Convention of Human Rights into UK law. This was to assist with the incorporation of the International Convention on Civil and Political Rights into Chinese law.

    —  Organised the visit of a UK consultant to look at the potential for reform of the penal system in China, specifically with regard to non-custodial sentences.

    —  Organised the visit of three senior British police officers to provide training to senior Chinese counterparts in developing the Chinese police supervision system and improving its transparency.

    —  Organised the Sino-British Community Legal Aid Seminar in partnership with the Chinese Ministry of Justice. The seminar focused on community legal aid and received official recognition and media attention. Four UK specialists took part in the seminar and also in a series of field visits.

    —  Organised the visit of a group of UK experts to assist the Legislative Affairs Commission of the National People's Congress in their preparations for drawing up evidence legislation. Under discussion were the major principles in criminal evidence in English law, relevant provisions concerning types of evidence, the duty of witnesses to give testimony and other issues.

    —  Organised the visit of a group of British lawyers to look at sentencing issues. The group visited Chinese courts and held conferences and seminars in Beijing and Shanghai. The Beijing conference on sentencing was attended by around 100 participants including senior judges, prosecutors, lawyers and students.

  The British Council in Hong Kong.

    —  Organised a workshop on legal reform and the internet for 30 young legal professionals from Hong Kong, the mainland and the UK to look at the challenges and opportunities for legal systems presented by advances in information technology. See the website:

  The British Council in Indonesia.

    —  Assisted in the translation into Indonesian, publication and launch of a reference book of human rights fact sheets. An initial print run of 1,000 copies is being distributed to NGOs, government (including military) institutions, universities and libraries across the country.

    —  Arranged a visit by a British academic to conduct two seminars: Towards acceptable criteria of democracy in Indonesia and Democratisation and human rights.

  The British Council in the Philippines.

    —  Held a multi-sectoral conference on freedom of information, The right to know, which looked at the issues of press freedom, censorship, sensationalism, the right to privacy and national security.

  The British Council in Thailand.

    —  Held a workshop facilitated by a British theatrical group for 30 street children and 20 care workers. The objective was to enhance their capacity for using physical theatre as a communication tool with abused children, and to build a network of care-workers using this approach. This activity was a follow-up to two workshops in May 2000, and care-workers are now actively using the new techniques. Visit the website:

    —  Co-funded the first in a series of nine workshops for state prosecutors, training them in new techniques for handling children in court, including the use of video evidence and the new role of social workers in the judicial process.


  The British Council in Bangladesh.

    —  Held a human rights film and cartoon festival which aimed to provide a forum for reflection and debate on the violation and preservation of human rights. The films were shown in Dhaka and Chittagong. Amongst the themes covered were women's rights, child rights, migrant worker issues and general human rights. Each show was followed by seminars and panel discussions.

    —  Held a workshop on the legal status of women in Bangladesh. The workshop was intended to raise awareness on issues surrounding the status of women in Bangladesh and to sensitise and mobilise policy makers, opinion leaders and change agents to consider actions to address problems. It was attended by 120 participants from the public, voluntary and academic sectors, as well as from the media.

    —  Managed a project to support women who have survived acid attacks to help ensure they have access to appropriate medical and legal services and assistance with rehabilitation. Sixty per cent of victims have now received assistance. A database was developed to record the details of incidents. A media campaign was also established and the national government subsequently introduced legislation to address the problem.

    —  Hosted the steering group meeting for a South Asia Judicial Colloquium Series. The meeting was attended by 18 participants, including the chief justices of Bangladesh, India and Nepal, and judges and lawyers from the superior courts of Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. In the meeting agreement was reached on the need for a three-year South Asia Judicial Colloquium Series and a contact group of judges was established from the region, together with an advisory group for convening the series. A preliminary meeting subsequently took place.

    —  Ran a workshop entitled Effective training for journalists on the internet to promote human rights practice, which included basic and practical training on the emergence of the world wide web as a new mass medium, together with more advanced training on conceptual and theoretical issues.

  The British Council in India.

    —  Held a four-day film and cartoon festival on human rights. The themes addressed were human rights, women's rights, child rights and gay/lesbian rights.

    —  Ran a two-day training session on counselling for lesbians and NGOs working with women, together with films and seminars on lesbian rights including issues related to violence, law and the role of the media.

    —  Held two seminars, a poster competition and exhibition and film shows on violence against women in Calcutta and Nadia Districts.

    —  Ran five training programmes on the rights of street children with disabilities.

    —  Ran a training programme on child protection for a multi-professional group conducted by a member of the Calcutta office and a British police officer. There were in addition two training programmes for the Calcutta police on community policing and child-friendly policing.

    —  Ran four seminars on the rights on young people with disabilities.

  The British Council in Nepal.

    —  Managed a training project working with performers and community development workers on a participatory theatre approach to the rights of women and girls. This is a three-phase project with two phases now complete.

    —  Ran a human rights film and cartoon festival to raise the profile of, and stimulate debate about, all human rights issues in Nepal. The focus of the films was human rights, child rights and gender-related issues. Accompanying activity included videos, websites, seminars and panel discussions.

    —  Organised a training programme on trial advocacy conducted by two UK barristers and attended by senior legal academics and lawyers. The objectives of the event were to raise awareness of the importance of advocacy to all lawyers at every level of seniority and of the benefits to lawyers of acquiring advocacy skills, and to train lawyers in advocacy techniques.

  The British Council in Pakistan.

    —  Organised a training programme on criminal justice and human rights at Pakistan College of Law in Lahore. This aimed to build the capacity of the teaching faculty at the college to incorporate human rights into its LLB programme.

    —  Held a national workshop on Gender and governance to celebrate International Women's Day. Subjects covered included politics and law; arts and literature; business, industry and entrepreneurship; and communication, media and IT. Other events included a poster exhibition, Women at work.

    —  Hosted a visit by two UK consultants who reported on the Pakistan College of Law Lahore and on the development of an election monitoring website.


  The British Council in East Jerusalem.

    —  Assisted in the drafting of a five-year development plan for the Palestinian Legislative Council which set out the PLC's development targets and strategies for achieving its vision. This project formed part of the Strengthening parliamentary democracy project which is aimed at strengthening the capacity of the PLC to serve as a democratic, professional, accountable and responsive parliament for the Palestinian people.

    —  Established a Public Administration Network of Knowledge. Continued to manage the Palestinian Rights Programme in its second year of operation. The programme covers issues relating to children, media, the rule of law, civil society, and women.

    —  Secured an extension of two years to the DfID Gender and law project, which is aimed at improving the de facto and de jure protection of women's rights through law and social and economic policy, and increasing the effectiveness of Palestinian institutions and pressure groups working for gender equitable legislation and policy.

    —  Secured a one-year extension to the DfID Parliamentary Library project to develop the Gaza branch of the Palestinian Legislative Council's library.

  The British Council in Egypt.

    —  Supported the second International conference of the human rights movement in the Arab world which took place in Cairo in October 2000 with the theme of Human rights education and dissemination in the 21st century. The conference brought together around 100 human rights experts and defenders from 40 human rights groups from 14 Arab countries, as well as experts from Africa, Asia, Latin America and Europe.

    —  Supported the Egyptian Centre for Women's Rights, a Cairo-based civil society organisation, in carrying out programmes to enable women to obtain their rights and to encourage them to participate in political life so that more women get elected in the future.

    —  Worked with the Arab Centre for the Independence of the Judiciary and the Legal Professions (ACJLP) with the aim of improving legal education in the undergraduate faculties of law at Egyptian universities and introducing human rights elements into their curricula.

  The British Council in Jordan.

    —  Managed the project Towards democratic thinking, assisting the Jordan University of Science and Technology to develop the skills of university staff to provide university students with extra-curricular activities which promote democracy, civil rights, gender equity and religious and cross-cultural understanding and respect. A pilot programme and training workshops for over 50 participants and a UK visit have taken place and more workshops are planned.

    —  Continues to manage the Jordan family protection project, the objectives of which are to build the capacity of public and voluntary institutions in Jordan to develop and implement an integrated strategy to prevent domestic violence and child physical and sexual abuse. Several consultancy visits took place during 2000 to provide technical support to working groups on children's services, women's services and others.

  The British Council in Lebanon.

    —  Managed the visit of UK specialists to take part in an international mission to look at the state of prisons in Lebanon and make recommendations for penal reform. A week of prison visits was followed by a conference in Beirut which was attended by over 130 members of the Lebanese legal profession and security forces. The recommendations of the mission were presented to the Government of Lebanon in August.

  The British Council in Morocco.

    —  Organised training for representatives of the media, focusing on economic reporting.

    —  Ran human rights awareness raising workshops, facilitated by UK experts, on behalf of the Moroccan Centre for Human Rights Documentation and Training. Representatives of NGOs, journalists, lawyers and parliamentarians took part. Assistance is also being given to the Centre to set up a website.

    —  Organised two visits by a UK consultant to set up a working group and to develop materials and training for human rights education and a distance learning programme.

    —  Managed a project to develop materials and training for the introduction of human rights teaching into the secondary school curriculum. A follow-up visit to the UK by a group of teachers was also arranged.

    —  Ran a seminar on alternatives to imprisonment with international (including UK) speakers. The seminar focused specifically on community service and probation.

    —  Organised the visit of a UK consultant to carry out the training needs analysis for a training programme in specific areas of management and business for the magistrates of the Marrakech Commercial Court of Appeal and the Court of First Instance.

    —  Managed a project on civil service reform which addressed issues connected with the evaluation and recruitment of civil servants and which considered the feasibility of introducing a Citizens' Charter in Morocco.

  The British Council in the Sudan.

    —  Organised with a British lawyer training in human rights awareness for 20 members of the judiciary.

    —  Arranged the visit of a UK consultant to conduct a training course on legislative drafting for 20 senior members of the Ministry of Justice and the Advisory Council on Human Rights. The focus of the training was the incorporation of human rights into Sudanese law.

    —  Hosted a number of lectures on various human rights related themes including Law and human rights in the UK, Penal reforms in Africa, and Inter-religious dialogue.

  The British Council in Yemen.

    —  Managed the final year of a three-year project, Children painting their rights, which aimed to raise awareness of the rights of the child in Yemen using creative media. An exhibition of paintings by children was held in the National Museum and was followed by smaller touring exhibitions which also featured lectures, music and the distribution of learning materials for children.


  The British Council in Bulgaria.

    —  Hosted a visit by the UK Commission for Racial Equality and the European Monitoring Centre on Racism and Xenophobia for initial discussions with the National Council on Ethnic and Demographic Issues on the feasibility of Bulgaria establishing a similar structure to the Commission for Racial Equality within the framework of a new law on discrimination. A further visit was made by the Commission for Racial Equality on the invitation of the Council of Ministers to help its work in developing the draft of Bulgaria's anti-discrimination Act.

    —  Ran the first phase of a police-child protection project with the Bulgarian National Police and the European Network of Policewomen-Bulgaria. This included a working meeting on the development of the secondary regulations for police-child protection in accordance with the New Child Law; an exploratory visit by a British police inspector to work with the national police; and a roundtable to develop a co-ordination mechanism for state institutions on the reasons for the new law.

  The British Council in Croatia.

    —  Organised a bilateral conference, Working for a new Europe, in which Croatian and UK participants discussed issues relating to globalisation and human rights in the two countries and in Europe as a whole.

  The British Council in Hungary.

    —  At the invitation of the Office of the National Council of Justice, worked with the British-Hungarian Law Association to arrange seminars enabling senior members of the legal profession to acquire skills regarding specific articles of the European Convention on Human Rights and their application in Hungary. Senior UK judges and barristers visited Hungary on two occasions to provide training. The events were very successful with over 280 senior Hungarian judges and lawyers attending and receiving training.

    —  Organised a project with the Hungarian Women's Association and the Active Learning Centre, UK, to provide training to 30 trainers from Hungarian women's organisations, ministries and trade unions with each trainer developing skills and understanding in the implementation of equality legislation and the roles of government, employers and civil society in raising equality strategies to European standards. The project also developed a Hungarian training manual about ways in which civil society can co-operate with government in managing equality standards, to be used in the future training of Hungarian civil society organisations.

  The British Council in Italy.

    —  Organised the Taormina conference on Framing peace: The practice and principles of humanitarian and peace operations—a British-Italian dialogue. The conference drew together practitioners and analysts from national and international agencies, including the UN, OSCE, NGOs, the media, the military, as well as academics, human rights experts and lawyers and examined issues such as the role of the UN and the Security Council, the role of the military in recent interventions, and the role of NGOs and non-state agencies.

  The British Council in Romania.

    —  Ran a project to improve the understanding of Romanian judges and prosecutors of the practical implications of the UN Convention on Human Rights in Romania. The conference that launched the project was attended by approximately 50 judges and prosecutors from all over Romania. The project also included a visit by a senior British judge to take part in a training course for newly appointed judges and ongoing training for judges with experience.

    —  Worked with Save the Children Fund Romania and the UK Children's Society on the development of a public awareness campaign on a child's right to enjoy a family life. This culminated in a day of major public events including a human chain round the government building as well as the production of a study and leaflets for the public on child abandonment in Romania.

  The British Council in Russia.

    —  Worked with the College of Law on a DfID-funded project for the training of trainers for the judiciary. The training was attended by 16 participants, including district and city court judges but also prosecutors and defence lawyers, and officials from federal legal institutions.

  The British Council in Slovakia.

    —  Has been funding a long-standing project to develop support strategies for the educational integration of hearing-impaired students into mainstream classes with special emphasis on social inclusion and the rights of all children to a good quality education. In 2000 a specialised in-service course was delivered to train teachers in specific topics of educational integration.

  The British Council in Turkey.

    —  Organised a national seminar entitled Are children's rights human rights? The seminar was opened by the Minister of Justice and focused on the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child in Turkey. It examined some important issues in child rights, including the rights of children in institutions and adoption and fostering. The seminar launched a new Children's Rights Centre in Turkey, established with the support of the British Council.

    —  Held a series of trainers' workshops on legal skills for human rights lawyers. The aim of the workshops was to equip lawyers better to represent their clients, particularly before the European Court of Human Rights. The training was delivered by lawyers from bar associations around Turkey with support from the College of Law.

    —  Organised a national seminar on the management of prisons. The seminar was opened by the Minister of Justice and was attended by more than 70 people from both government and human rights NGOs and was broadcast live on Turkish television.

  The British Council in Ukraine.

    —  Ran the first multi-agency child protection workshop in Ukraine, in partnership with the Ukrainian Family Planning Association, and involving representatives of the police force, the social and medical professions, and teachers. This was the first in a series of workshops covering all major regions of the country.

    —  Hosted a conference with UNAIDS to sum up the results of a year-long project aimed at developing coalitions between NGOs working with, and comprised of, commercial sex workers, and between them and the medical and law enforcement authorities.

    —  Organised a key-note lecture on the policing of sexual crime in the UK for Ukrainian police cadet officers, delivered by Dr Tina Skinner of the University of Leicester.

The British Council

30 November 2001

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