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The Human Rights Advisory Group was established in 2010. Its purpose is to give the Foreign Secretary, who chairs the group, the best possible information about human rights challenges; and for the Foreign Office to benefit from outside advice on the conduct of its policy.
The membership of the group was refreshed in November 2016 and includes a range of individuals from NGOs, academia and those with experience of international institutions.
FCO officials regularly consult Advisory Group members at and between meetings. The Group’s input has helped us develop strategies in a number of areas, including torture prevention and freedom of religion or belief. In 2011, they helped us to develop the criteria for identifying countries of human rights concerns and, in 2013, to develop new guidance on human rights defenders. In 2016 and moving into 2017, the refreshed group are working with the FCO on looking at what can be done to protect civil society space.
- Mike Adamson, Chief Executive, British Red Cross
- Kate Allen, Director of Amnesty International UK
- Dr Chaloka Beyani, LSE, Human Rights Upfront, former UN Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Internally Displaced Persons 2010-2016.
- Sir Malcolm Evans OBE, University of Bristol, UK member of the United Nations Sub-committee on the Prevention of Torture
- Jane Gordon, LSE fellow, co-founder of NGO “Sisters for Change”
- Sir Jeffrey Jowell QC, Blackstone Chambers; former director of the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law; Emeritus Professor of Public Law, University College London
- Marcela Manubens, Global Vice President, Social Impact, Unilever
- David Mepham, Director of Human Rights Watch, London
- John Morrison, Executive Director, Institute for Human Rights and Business
- Anthony Smith, Chief Executive, Westminster Foundation for Democracy
- Thomas Hughes, Executive Director, Article 19
- Dr Nazila Ghanea, Associate Professor in International Human Rights Law, University of Oxford
- Ruth Hunt, Chief Executive, Stonewall
- Mervyn Thomas, Chief Executive Officer, Christian Solidarity Worldwide