Dec
16
10:00 AM10:00

Write for Rights

  • Lúnasa Cáife (behind Castle Court Shopping Centre) (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS
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Every year across the globe, Amnesty International asks supporters to write millions of letters for those whose basic human rights are being attacked. Our words will pressure authorities to take immediate action so that those who are unjustly imprisoned, face torture, and endure discrimination are treated humanely and released.


This is a free event / No RSVP needed


All welcome to take part — come along, have a coffee and write a letter or two                              

 

 

 

Hosted by


Amnesty International


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Dec
15
8:00 PM20:00

Stand Up for your Rights Charity Fundraiser

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Can human rights be funny? Well 7 brave human rights activists are certainly going to give it a shot. With just three short weeks of stand-up training our 7 participants will dare to entertain and inform you with comic tales from frontline rights activism. Back for it's second outing at the NI Human Rights festival after a hilarious sold out night last year, the Stand Up For Your Rights event is quickly becoming a festival favourite. 

All proceeds go to sustaining the NI Human Rights Festival. 

Bring a bottle! And some rotten fruit?






Hosted by


Human Rights Consortium


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Dec
15
2:00 PM14:00

Martírio (Martyrdom) Film showing

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Awarded and acclaimed Brazilian documentary about the violence suffered by the Guarani-Kaiowá indigenous people in Brazil and their struggle to live in their ancestral land. The filmmaker Vincent Carelli has been working with the indigenous issue in Brazil and filming the Guarani-Kaiowá for many years. 


Film will be shown in Room 3 / 4 in QUB students union

 

For more information please visit our Facebook page


Director: Vincent Carelli, Ernesto de Carvalho and Tatiana Almeida
Martírio (Martyrdom) 
Brazil, 2016
162 min


 

 

Hosted by


Guaraní-Kaiowá Solidarity Group Ireland, supported by the Latin America Solidarity Centre (LASC) and Amnesty International Belfast group.


 
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Dec
15
12:30 PM12:30

Challenging school dress codes: what’s all the fuss about?

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Stories about school dress code disputes appear frequently in the media. Rather than taking sides in these conflicts this paper explores what they collectively might be able to tell us about contemporary childhood. The main argument is that while school dress codes, on one level, are not an urgent issue, they nevertheless provide a rich site for understanding shifting cultural and political concerns and fault-lines about religion, sexuality, gender, class and the roles of the state, head teachers, parents and, of course, children. In examining what a ‘children’s rights’ perspective can offer the paper includes a critical reading of two cases where children successfully challenged dress codes and the paper concludes by sketching out possible research methods for developing a conversation between political discourses and personal experiences. 


Speaker:

Professor Daniel Monk Birkbeck, University of London 





Hosted by


Centre for Children’s Rights, School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work.


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Dec
14
6:00 PM18:00

Use of Force and Article 2 of the ECHR: Basque, Chechen, Kurdish-Turkish and Northern Ireland Conflicts

  • Moot Court Room, School of Law QUB (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS
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Dr Hannah Russell provides an insight into the human stories and motivation behind the recently published book, ‘The Use of Force and Article 2 of the ECHR in Light of European Conflicts’ (Hart Publishing, 2017). Introduction by Professor Brice Dickson and followed by wine reception.

 

This is a free event, however space is limited. To secure your place please secure your tickets below






Hosted by


Human Rights Centre, School of Law, Queen’s University Belfast


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Dec
14
2:00 PM14:00

Bill of Rights — Oral Evidence Session

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Dr Anne Smith (Ulster University) and Professor Colin Harvey (QUB) are undertaking an 18 month project funded by the Joseph Rowntree Chartiable Trust with the aim of progressing the enforcement and implementation of a Bill of Rights for Northern Ireland. Earlier this year they released a Draft Model Bill which is based upon the 2008 advice of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission.

They would now like feedback on this Draft Model Bill and this event is one opportunity to provide oral evidence to the project. 

Smith and Harvey note, "We are aware that there have been changes since 2008, and any model Bill will need to reflect the current situation. This discussion is a first step to gauge reactions and responses and we would appreciate your thoughts. Your feedback will be taken into consideration when we are preparing another redraft model Bill. This redraft model Bill will be part of the overall policy report which will be published in 2018."


For more information about this session, or to register your interest, please contact a.smith1@ulster.ac.uk or c.harvey@qub.ac.uk. 





Hosted by


Ulster University
Queens University, Belfast


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Dec
14
12:00 PM12:00

Judicial Deference in the Northern Irish Courts

  • Moot Court Room, School of Law QUB (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS
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A panel to discuss and reflect on judicial deference and human rights in NI in light of the recent NI cases on same-sex marriage and abortion. Speakers: Prof Brice Dickson (QUB), Dr Jane Rooney (Bristol), Conor McCormick (QUB) and Les Allamby (Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission).

All welcome. 

 


For more information head over to our Facebook page!




Hosted by


QUB Human Rights Centre, School of Law


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Dec
13
2:00 PM14:00

Debate: Are Human Rights Good for Business?

  • Peter Froggatt Centre — PFC/02/025 (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS
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Join the NI Business and Human Rights Forum for an exciting debate on the motion: 'Human Rights are Good for Business'. The Forum is delighted to invite students from both Ulster University and Queen's University Belfast to debate alongside representatives from the business sector. 






Hosted by


Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission


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Dec
13
11:00 AM11:00

UN Concluding Observations — How do we make rights a reality in NI?

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This year the UNCRPD Committee found that the UK was creating a "human catastrophe" for disabled people. We want to explore and learn how others have used committee recommendations to make real change in NI.  Join us and a fab panel to debate how we make rights a reality.


Any and all are welcome (max 40)
RSVP: patrickmalone@disabilityaction.org





Hosted by


Arts and Disability Forum


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Dec
12
1:30 PM13:30

Brexit and our Human Rights

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As Brexit negotiations between the UK and EU continue, the serious concerns about what it will mean for Northern Ireland have yet to be resolved.  Join the Human Rights Consortium and the Brexit Law NI team as they grapple with the thorny issues of the border, the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement and human rights in Northern Ireland.  The HRC will launch its report mapping the local human rights concerns of Brexit and the Brexit Law NI team will share their preliminary findings on issues related to Brexit, the peace process, rights and equality. 

 




Hosted by


Human Rights Consortium
Brexit Law NI
Unison


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Dec
12
10:30 AM10:30

Equal to the task? Effective enforcement of the ‘section 75’ equality duty

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The statutory equality duty in section 75 of the Northern Ireland Act 1998 was one of the safeguards in the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement which was actually implemented. There has however been a strategic concern for some time among members of the Equality Coalition that notwithstanding significant pockets of good practice the equality duty is regularly flaunted by many public authorities. This issue has come into sharp focus in relation to austerity cuts and other decisions effecting economic, social and cultural rights in recent years. Practices of persuasion and engagement with public authorities have not resolved the problem and Equality Coalition members have collectively come to the view that only robust enforcement of the duties it likely to provide redress. Whilst there is some increasing potential to challenge failures to comply with the equality duty through judicial review, the main enforcement mechanism for the duty remains through complaints, investigation and enforcement powers vested in the Equality Commission. However few complaints are ever made, a relatively small number of Investigations have been taken forward, many significant breaches are not being investigated and patterns of non-compliance are recurring. Some complaints and enforcement interventions however enjoyed significant success, demonstrating the potential of the duties when compliance challenges are made.

This research conducted by the Equality Coalition has overviewed the application and impact of the enforcement powers over the section 75 equality duties, documenting their scope, usage and precedents set whilst making recommendations to civil society and the Equality Commission as to how the powers could be used more effectively in future.

This event will launch CAJs new ‘Equality Duty Enforcement Project’ which has appointed a coordinator and will work to assist Equality Coalition member groups and others in taking complaints and other interventions to ensure the equality duty is complied with.

The Equality Coalition, co-convened by UNISON and CAJ, is the umbrella representative body for the equality sector, composed of NGOs and trade unions from all of the section 75 categories and beyond.

 




Hosted by


Unison


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Dec
11
3:00 PM15:00

Do unionists and nationalists have different conceptions of what are human rights?

  • Moot Court Room, School of Law QUB (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS
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Dr Omar Grech, author of Human Rights and the Northern Ireland Conflict, 1921-2014 will summarise the arguments in his book and other speakers will then state what they deem the unionist and nationalist positions on human rights to be. There will then be a Q&A session chaired by Prof Brice Dickson. 

 

Confirmed Speakers

Sophie Long
Declan Kearney


This is a free event, however space is limited


To secure your place please secure your place please RSVP to Deaglan Coyle: d.p.coyle@qub.ac.uk





Hosted by


QUB’s Human Rights Centre in the School of Law  
QUB’s Senator George J Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice


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Dec
11
12:00 PM12:00

NIHRC Annual Statement Launch with Rt Hon Harriet Harman QC MP

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The Commission invites you to its Annual Human Rights Statement 2017. We are delighted that the Rt Hon Harriet Harman QC MP will deliver a keynote speech on the role of women in public and political life.


Speaker

Rt Hon Harriet Harman QC MP
On the role of woman in public and politcal life






Hosted by


Northern Ireland Assembly


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Dec
11
to Dec 16

“Refugee Sketches” by Marwan Moussa

This exhibition shows many emotive pieces that he has worked on throughout his flight from Syria, in the refugee camps and since arriving in Northern Ireland.


This exhibition will be held during opening hours (below)


Ardoyne Library   
446 – 450 Crumlin Rd
Belfast, BT14 7GH

028 9050 9202

Monday: 10 am – 1:30 pm, 2 – 5 pm
Tuesday: 10 am – 1:30 pm, 2 – 5 pm
Wednesday: 10 am – 1:30 pm, 2 – 5 pm
Thursday: 10 am – 1:30 pm, 2 – 6 pm
Friday: 9:30 am – 2 pm
Saturday: 9:30 am – 1 pm
Sunday: Closed


 

 

 

Hosted by


Libraries NI


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Dec
11
to Dec 16

Healing with Harmonies — A photography exhibition on the work of the Music Project in Sri Lanka

In November 2016, journalist and photographer Joseph O'Connor and radio producer and videographer Paul Loughran travelled to Sri Lanka to document the work of the Music Project with support from the Simon Cumbers Media Fund. This exhibition is in partnership with Libraries NI, Beyond Skin and The Music Project.


This exhibition will be held during opening hours (below)


Warenpoint Library   
61 Summer Hill
Warrenpoint
Newry, BT34 3JB

028 4175 3375
 

Monday: 10 am – 5 pm
Tuesday: 10 am – 5 pm
Wednesday: 1 – 8 pm
Thursday: 10 am – 5 pm
Friday: 10 am – 4 pm
Saturday: 10 am – 4 pm
Sunday: Closed


 

 

 

Hosted by


Libraries NI


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Dec
11
to Dec 16

“Make Them Visible” on loan from Oxfam

Photographer Kieran Doherty’s powerful images highlight the life of South Sudanese refugees and their families. Behind each photo is an individual human being who has been forced to flee, often leaving behind family, homes and personal belongings.


This exhibition will be held during opening hours (below)


This will be split over two locations Grove Library and Dungiven Library 


Grove Library
120 York Rd
Belfast BT15 3HF

028 9050 9244

Monday: 9:30 am – 5:30 pm
Tuesday: 12:30 – 5:30 pm
Wednesday: 9:30 am – 5:30 pm
Thursday: 12:30 – 8 pm
Friday: 9:30 am – 5:30 pm
Saturday: 9:30 am – 1 pm
Sunday: Closed

Dungiven Library
107 Main Street
Dungiven BT47 4LE

028 7774 1475

Monday: 10:30 am – 1 pm, 2 – 5 pm
Tuesday: 10:30 am – 1 pm, 2 – 5 pm
Wednesday: 2 – 7 pm
Thursday: Closed
Friday: 10:30 am – 1 pm, 2 – 5 pm
Saturday: 10:30 am – 2 pm
Sunday: Closed


 

 

 

Hosted by


Libraries NI


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Dec
10
10:00 AM10:00

A child’s right to optimal health: A discussion of breastfeeding and human rights

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Breastival Belfast and the Centre for Children’s Rights present a panel discussion on the right to support and protection for those who choose to breastfeed and unbiased information on alternatives to breastmilk for those who need it. Come early to enjoy a coffee and chat with other families, everyone welcome.

 





Hosted by


Breastival Belfast & Centre For Children’s Rights, Queen’s University Belfast


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VOCALISM - Songs of the People 2016 Showcase Event
Dec
11
1:00 AM01:00

VOCALISM - Songs of the People 2016 Showcase Event

£3 Pay at the door

Doors open at 7.30pm



VOCALISM and the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission bring together those who have participated in their workshops and they will draw upon their skills and creativity in order to perform together, giving everyone the chance to express their culture and identity.



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Citizenfour
Dec
10
to Dec 11

Citizenfour

  • Lanyon Building, Room 0G/074 (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Free



Room 0G/074, Lanyon Building, QUB

"We are building the biggest weapon for oppression in the history of mankind." Ed Snowden

After Laura Poitras received encrypted emails from someone with information on the government's massive covert-surveillance programs, she and reporter Glenn Greenwald flew to Hong Kong to meet the sender, who turned out to be Edward Snowden.

The Belfast Group of Amnesty International will host the screening of Citizenfour to support Amnesty International’s campaign to ask Barack Obama to pardon Edward Snowden before the end of his mandate: https://www.amnesty.org.uk/actions/president-obama-pardon-edward-snowden-surveillance-whistleblower 



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NICRAS Women's Group - Life in Northern Ireland
Dec
10
7:00 PM19:00

NICRAS Women's Group - Life in Northern Ireland

Free



NICRAS is a Refugee Community Organisation (RCO) which was established in 2002. It is the only refugee led organisation in Northern Ireland that represents the interests of the refugee community.
NICRAS aims to support the integration process of refugees and asylum seekers into local communities throughout Northern Ireland; raise awareness of the issues, problems and difficulties faced by refugees and asylum seekers in Northern Ireland; inform members of relevant changes to immigration policy and legislation; organise social and recreational events; and, respond to the changing needs of its members.

NICRAS welcome you to join us in a roundtable discussion with refugee and asylum-seeking women who will discuss the experiences, problems, and impressions of Northern Ireland since arriving. NICRAS is currently working on a project with refugee and asylum-seeking women. The project aims to assist them in learning about rights, gaining skills, finding their voice in the local community, and knowledge of life in Northern Ireland. 

To find out more about or organisation, check out our video -https://www.facebook.com/100009752526423/videos/341143749554040/ 

And our website - http://www.nicras.btck.co.uk/ 


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Activism Works: Winning in the fight to the right to water
Dec
10
7:00 PM19:00

Activism Works: Winning in the fight to the right to water

Free



In this event we will be revisiting some of the Right to Water campaigns, hearing from activists representing communities who are defending their land and their water from environmental destruction and degradation, both at home and abroad. From Woodburn to Greencastle to Cajamarca, Peru, water is a universal human right.


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Mighty Girls
Dec
10
6:00 PM18:00

Mighty Girls

Free



Named after the popular social media movement, this is an opportunity for adults and young people to hear an hour of storytelling about some of the smartest, confident and most courageous girls from around the world. Looking for new heroines for your kids? You can find them right here.


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Breast Feeding & Human Rights
Dec
10
5:00 PM17:00

Breast Feeding & Human Rights

Free


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Join us for a talk by Rebecca Schiller, from the charity Birthrights on the links between breastfeeding, childbirth and human rights.

Followed by a panel discussion on the Northern Ireland context with:

Breedagh Hughes - Royal College of Midwives

Janet Calvert - Public Health Agency

Claire Hanna - SDLP MLA



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Gender Stereotypes: We've got a job to do
Dec
10
4:00 PM16:00

Gender Stereotypes: We've got a job to do

Free


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Many jobs are still unfortunately laced with preconceived gender stereotypes about being either a man or woman's role.

This event, which starts with an artistic workshop will turn those preceonceptions on their head and introduce young people to men and women who work in amazing roles and refuse to conform.


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NIHRF Family Day
Dec
10
3:00 PM15:00

NIHRF Family Day

  • Black Box/Dark Horse/Hill Street (map)
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Free


Join us throughout the day for a host of activities aimed at families in the centre of Belfast. In addition to the events highlighted elsewhere, we will have street magic, music and crafts.

Bring the kids for what is always one of the highlights of the week.


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Write for Rights
Dec
10
3:00 PM15:00

Write for Rights

Free



Join the Belfast Amnesty group for their annual Write for Rights Campaign.

This family-friendly event gives you the opportunity to learn about individuals currently at risk around the world and to send a greeting card to them to show your support and acknowledge that you are aware of their case.



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Detention Without Walls
Dec
10
12:00 AM00:00
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Detention Without Walls

Free



The difficulties experienced inside immigration detention do not end with release and there are new and unexpected obstacles. These include disorientation, poor accommodation and the continued separation from family and friends.

  • People are still at risk of deportation and experience difficulties associated with uncertainty. The threat of deportation meant that people “couldn’t make no plans”, as they were always “up and down with paperwork . . . waiting, waiting, waiting”.

The uncertainty of life after detention is indefinite, just as immigration detention is currently indefinite. Living with this uncertainty means that many people in these circumstances experience stress, anxiety and sleeplessness.

This is a follow on event from “Detaining human rights” held by ‘STAR’ and ‘Larne House Visitor Group’ on Wednesday December 7th in the Student Union. With the aid of a short film “Detention without walls” we will discuss the issues faced by people leaving detention and the impact this has on their daily life. We have as a guest Shirley Gillian from ‘Scottish Detainee Visitors’ who was involved in setting up the ‘Life After Detention’ project. Using focus groups, interviews, mapping, photography and film-making, the participant researchers explored the experience of life after detention and a number of key findings emerged from their work as expressed in the opening three paragraphs above.

With our event we aim to highlight these hidden problems and also show how individuals can help and support people caught up in these traps of the immigration system. Many groups already actively campaign on these and other related issues. We will explain how you can be a part changing an immigration system that isn’t treating people as human beings in need of help, support and understanding.


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The Great British Break Off
Dec
9
6:00 PM18:00
9th

The Great British Break Off

Free



What will be the impact of Brexit in Northern Ireland?

How might negative aspects be stopped or reduced?

This event will examine what the Northern Ireland options are for ensuring that if Brexit does proceed, that core human rights and peace process safeguards are protected.


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