Human Rights Arts and Film Festival

Posted by cws7 at Dec 03, 2015 10:20 AM |
This year, the Leicester Human Rights Arts and Film Festival runs from December 4 through to December 10. The festival will feature art, film, music, presentations and debates on a range of issues concerning human rights, Leicester, Britain and the world.

The ‘Human Rights in the Time of Austerity’ panel discussion will look at Britain’s austerity measures and their effect on human rights at home and around the world at the Secular Hall on December 4 at 6.30pm, as part of the Leicester Human Rights Arts and Film Festival. It will feature contributions from a number of eminent speakers who include Labour Peer, Emeritus Professor of Social Policy at Loughborough University and Chair of the Compass Management Committee, Baroness Ruth Lister; former Chair of LGBT+ Lib Dems and a member of the Liberal Democrats’ International Relations Committee, Ed Fordham; and University of Leicester Lecturer in Media and Communication, Dr Maria Rovisco.

The panellists will give presentations on human rights and austerity and have a conversation around the topic and the questions it raises. They will also take questions from the audience on the topic.

In their presentations, the speakers will discuss whether or not the government’s austerity agenda needs to change as well as look at what needs to be done to ensure that human rights and fundamental freedoms remain protected. The event will be chaired by former Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Councillor, Mathew Hulbert.

Mathew Hulbert said, ''There's never been a more important time to discuss the impact of austerity on human rights, both domestically and internationally. We've put together a top-notch panel who will, we're sure, provide very thoughtful context, analysis and comment. We also look forward to hearing the thoughts and questions of those who come along to be in the audience. As we fight to ensure our human rights are protected, this is a critical moment to have this conversation. I encourage everyone interested in this most important public and political issue to come along and be part of it.''

Festival organiser, Ambrose Musiyiwa said: “The festival aims to draw attention to International Human Rights Day which is celebrated annually, across the world, on December 10. The festival will give people in Leicester a platform through which to engage with human rights issues at home and abroad. The festival will also be fundraising for groups and charities that provide support to men, women and children who have fled conflict and persecution and are looking for refuge.”

The event is free to attend for staff, students and members of the public.

When: Friday 4th December at 6.30pm to 8.30pm
Where: Secular Hall, 75 Humberstone Gate, Leicester LE1 1WB
Price: Free

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