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Records to do with Commonwealth Secretariat work, 1980-1993, 1980-1993

Identifier: popjs01

Scope and Contents

Jeremy Pope had a secretariat role with the Commonwealth Observers of elections in Zimbabwe and Uganda (1980), Namibia (1990), Bangladesh (1991), and Ghana (1992). He accompanied the Commonwealth Eminent Persons Group to Southern Africa in 1986.

The records include reports, ephemera gathered while in situ, letters to his wife describing events.

This series of records has been arranged by event.


  • Creation: 1980-1993

Access and use

For most of this collection access is freely available to bona fide researchers within the J.C.Beaglehole Room for research and private study. For any use beyond this, please contact the J.C.Beaglehole Room ( in the first instance. Copyright restrictions apply.

Written permission from an authorised agent of Jeremy Pope's estate is required to access the Transparency International correspondence files 1993-2005 and Jeremy Pope's personal diaries.

Biographical / Historical

There are three series in this collection, in chronological order:

Series 1 Commonwealth Secretariat (1980-1993)

Due to his interest in human rights and the developing world, Pope was nominated by the Department of Foreign Affairs for a three-year position with the Commonwealth Secretariat in London (‘Rover’s Return’). He went on to hold senior positions in the organisation for 17 years; as legal counsel to the Commonwealth Secretary-General (1980-1993), and Director of the Legal and Constitutional Affairs Division in London.

The post involved extensive travel throughout the Commonwealth, and much of the work involved ‘nation building’ and campaigning against apartheid (RR). Much of the material in the collection covers Pope’s involvement with the Commonwealth Observer Groups assisting the election commissions of Zimbabwe (1980), Uganda (1980), Namibia (1990), Bangladesh (1991) and Ghana (1992). Also the sports boycott of South Africa.


7 box(es)

Language of Materials


Repository Details

Part of the Tapuaka Heritage & Archive Collections - JC Beaglehole Reading Room, Victoria University of Wellington Library Repository

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