Commonwealth

Watching the First Election After the Coup

Meg Munn | Posted 02.12.2014 | UK Politics
Meg Munn

I'm a politician who loves election days - the campaigning stops and the voter makes their choice at the ballot box, but on the 17th September I swapped my rosette for a high vis jacket with 'observer' on the back. My job was not to persuade people who to vote for, but watch the election process as Fiji went to the polls for the first time since the 2006 coup.

Celebrating Our Nation's Favourite Sporting Personalities With Plants

Kenneth Freeman | Posted 20.09.2014 | UK Sport
Kenneth Freeman

With a number of sporting events taking place in the UK this summer, Ambius wanted to celebrate some of the top British athletes involved - in our own unique way... The 'plant art' was designed by students and teachers at the academy and have been made entirely out of natural plants and flowers.

Barrowman Delivers Rebuke To Anti-LGBT Countries With Commonwealth Games Kiss

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale & Ned Simons | Posted 30.07.2014 | UK Sport

John Barrowman delivered a stunning rebuke to the 42 nations of the Commonwealth in which homosexuality remains illegal – by kissing a man during th...

Commonwealth Games Opens At Celtic Park In Glasgow

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.07.2014 | UK Sport

The opening ceremony of the 20th Commonwealth Games is under way in Glasgow, with Scottish comedian Karen Dunbar welcoming the sporting nations to Sco...

21 Commonwealth Country Flags We Bet You'll Struggle To Identify

Posted 23.07.2014 | UK

The Commonwealth Games start in Glasgow on July 23rd and they promise to be a time when countries from around the slightly outdated colonial group of ...

Stoning Gays to Death? Life in Prison for Being LGBT? Britain Cannot Stay Silent Any Longer

Dr Purna Sen | Posted 08.07.2014 | UK
Dr Purna Sen

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has been in London this week as the honoured guest of the Commonwealth Business Council. Yet just 10 weeks ago President Museveni made it punishable by life imprisonment to be a lesbian or gay man in his country. Anybody daring even to speak up for the rights of LGBT citizens can now go to jail for seven years.

Ireland Should Rejoin The Commonwealth, Says MP

The Huffington Post UK | Jack Sommers | Posted 22.04.2014 | UK

The Republic of Ireland should rejoin the Commonwealth "to celebrate peace" in the wake of Martin McGuinness' state dinner with the Queen, an MP has s...

Soft Power and the UK

Gary Kent | Posted 31.05.2014 | UK Politics
Gary Kent

Soft power can influence others to want the same things as the UK "by building positive international relationships and coalitions which defend our interests and security, uphold our national reputation and promote our trade and prosperity." The report also says it should be carefully combined with hard power, essentially military force, to form "smart power."

Funding a Future Generation: Where No Child Is Left Behind

Kat Pugh | Posted 11.05.2014 | UK
Kat Pugh

This week I attended the Commonwealth Observance Day service, where I was privileged to hear from Lord Coe, Tanni Grey-Thompson and Malala Yousafzai. The theme of the event centred around team as the Commonwealth builds up to the 2014 games.

The Future of the Commonwealth

Hugo Swire | Posted 09.05.2014 | UK Politics
Hugo Swire

This government has made no secret of its strong support for the Commonwealth. But no institution today can be complacent. People rightly want to know why institutions exist and what they achieve. The European Union is familiar with this sort of scrutiny - and in recent times, the UK and others across Europe have been asking how it can become more competitive, more flexible and more democratically accountable. The Commonwealth's challenge is very different. It has to explain to all of us how it can be relevant to us in a 21st century world, a world of competing bodies and organisations covering every area of international activity.

Why the World Won't Fall Out Over the First World War Centenary

Sunder Katwala | Posted 13.04.2014 | UK
Sunder Katwala

As the British government seeks to ensure that centenary activities fully mark the contribution of Empire and Commonwealth soldiers, can it find common ground to reflect Australian and Canadian pride in the birth of a nation, Indian and Pakistani concerns about getting the form of recognition right, and South African scepticism about the contemporary relevance of a conflict fought between long lost Empires?

The Queen Plotted To Do WHAT To Idi Amin?

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 28.12.2013 | UK

The Queen plotted to hit Ugandan dictator Idi Amin over the head with a ceremonial sword, archives published in a new book have revealed. The monar...

Show Off or Show Down? Colombo Is Ready for a Party as the Commonwealth Rolls Into Town

Steve Crawshaw | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Steve Crawshaw

For Rajapaksa and his government, it is obviously a privilege to be hosting CHOGM - a surprising choice, by any measure, given the country's dismal human rights track record, including disappearances, war crimes and what a UN report described as "a grave assault on the entire regime of international law". Rajapaksa wants to ensure that the Sri Lankan government comes out of this with reputation enhanced.

Commonwealth Colludes With Anti-Gay Persecution

Peter G Tatchell | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Peter G Tatchell

Commonwealth leaders from around the world meet in Sri Lanka on Friday. Yet again they plan to ignore the criminalisation of lesbian and gay people in 80% of Commonwealth member states. They are refusing to even discuss the current homophobic persecution in Ghana, Cameroon, Zambia, Uganda and Nigeria... At least 41 of the 53 Commonwealth member states still criminalise homosexuality. They account for more than half of the world's countries where same-sex relations are illegal.

Tory Donors Flock To Sri Lanka For Controversial Business Forum

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 14.11.2013 | UK Politics

David Cameron has come under fire as it emerged that numerous Tory donors came to Sri Lanka for a business forum before the controversial Commonwealth...

Cameron 'Colonialist'

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 14.11.2013 | UK Politics

David Cameron has been accused by a Sri Lankan minister of acting like an imperialist, after the prime minister called for inquiry into alleged war cr...

David Cameron Told To Raise LGBT Rights AT Sri Lanka Commonwealth Meeting

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 10.11.2013 | UK

David Cameron has been told to raise the issue of LGBT rights at the forthcoming Commonwealth meeting, which is being held in Sri Lanka this week. ...

The Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka's No Fire Zone

Michael Rosenkrantz | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Michael Rosenkrantz

The Sri Lankan Government had also previously asked the Malaysian Government to ban the showing of No Fire Zone. Len Hendry of the Malaysian Human Rights organisation Pusat Komas appeared in court and was charged with organizing the screening. She faces a maximum of three years in jail if convicted.

Canada Threatens Commonwealth Funding Over Sri Lanka

Frances Harrison | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Frances Harrison

Canada's Prime Minister has announced he will not be going to the Commonwealth summit in Sri Lanka but more importantly he's threatened funding for th...

An Australian Perspective on the Anglo-Australian Relationship: Migration, Investment and Economic Growth

Geoffrey Conaghan | Posted 30.10.2013 | UK Politics
Geoffrey Conaghan

As Boris Johnson highlighted, the historical and contemporary links between Britain and Australia have cultivated a deep cultural and emotional connection. Based on current evidence, there is plenty to suggest that a deep and valuable economic connection between the two also exists and is evolving. By working together to explore and strengthen this connection, we can re-establish our positions as world leading economies.

Sri Lanka - Sun, Sea, Torture and Impunity

Allan Hogarth | Posted 26.08.2013 | UK Politics
Allan Hogarth

A heavily worked phrase used by the tourist industry is to describe a particular destination as a "country of contrast". Sri Lanka is surely such a country - at one level a popular tourist destination... In contrast it also detains its citizens without trial, restricts freedom of expression, arrests members of the judiciary, stands accused of committing war crimes and routinely tortures.

The UK Needs to Decide What Kind of 'Big Footprint' It Wants to Leave in the World

Jack Butler | Posted 17.08.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Jack Butler

For the UK, the G8 seems to serve as a symbol of continuing angst about this country's relative position globally, the nature of our own influence and the direction in which we are heading. The idea of the G8 as a collection of twentieth-century powers with ever-diminishing relevance and power seems to fit the UK perfectly.

Charles Steps Into the Big Boy's Job

PA | Posted 06.07.2013 | UK

The Queen will miss the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting for the first time since 1973, Buckingham Palace has confirmed. The Prince of Wale...

Commonwealth Fails Sri Lanka Test

Frances Harrison | Posted 27.05.2013 | UK Politics
Frances Harrison

Sri Lanka is a test case for reform of the Commonwealth, intended to produce a renewed commitment to rule of law, democracy and human rights. It looks as if the 54-nation body is already failing dismally.

The Commonwealth Is Our Future

Paul Nuttall | Posted 12.05.2013 | UK Politics
Paul Nuttall

Our doors will swing wide open to Romania and Bulgaria next January leading to the almost certain prospect of yet more unskilled jobs being filled by non-UK workers while the brightest minds from Canada, India, Malaysia and the like must jump through the hoops to prove their worth.