The Human Rights Centre at the University of Essex is marking the anniversary of the adoption and proclamation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) with a week of events starting on Monday 3 December.
The Declaration by the United General Assembly on 10 December 1948 was the first global enunciation of human rights and the week will be celebrating this with lectures, seminars, film screenings and exhibitions, leading up to a day of events on Monday 10 December
This year’s motto for Human Rights Week at Essex is 'Living Human Rights', and everyone is invited to join in the celebrations and discussions.
Speakers will include leading academics from within the Human Rights Centre plus colleagues from the department of Law and Government.
The University will also be welcoming politicians working on human rights issues. Emma Reynolds MP will take part in a discussion on human trafficking and Colchester MP Sir Bob Russell will join a debate on the current situation in Gaza.
Human Rights Week Schedule
Monday 3 December
Introduction to the online Human Rights Atlas - Presented by Professor Todd Landmann (Department of Government) and representatives of the publisher, Edward Elgar. LTB 4, 6pm.
Tuesday 4 December
How “universal” are universal human rights? - A panel discussion with Professor Michael Freeman (Department of Government) and Scott Sheeran (Department of Law), Dr Julian Burger (Human Rights Centre), Chaired by Professor Rainer Schulze (Human Rights Centre). LTB 3, 6pm
Wednesday 5 December
Film screening of the documentary I am Gay and Muslim. Followed by a discussion with the film director, Chris Belloni. Senate Room, 4.722, 7pm
Thursday 6 December
A talk on Amnesty International’s experience in working with economic, cultural and social rights with Amnesty’s Rajat Khosla. Room 5S.4.9, 6pm.
Film screening of The Lady (Luc Besson, 2011) - followed by a discussion of the current human rights situation in Burma/Myanmar. Organised by The Politics Society. Location TBC, 7pm
Friday 7 December
Palestine and the Politics of Human Rights: A discussion with Colchester MP Sir Bob Russell - Organised by The Palestian Solidarity Society. Room 4S.6.28. 12noon.
Global Potluck and Pub Quiz Fundraiser. Organised by the Human Rights Clinic. Human Rights Centre Common Room, 7pm.
Monday 10 December
Chalking the articles of the UDHR onto the steps between squares 3 and 4. From 7am.
Human Rights 7 Children’s art exhibition. LTB 2, 1.30 - 2.30pm.
Film screening of Call me Kuchu (Katherine Fairfax Wright and Malika Zouhali Worral, 2012) - followed by a discussion of the status of LGBT rights in Africa with Jordan Reynolds of the National committee of LGBT Labour. Organised by the LGBT Society. LTB 10, 7pm.