Welcome to the Northern Ireland Human Rights Festival.

The 2017 festival programme is now available to explore. The full list of events across the week are accessible on the events tab of this website. 

This year we have a small but mighty list of events to tempt you. Starting on International Human Rights Day on the 10th December with a great event on Breastfeeding in Northern Ireland, then on to perspectives on how we approach human rights in Northern Ireland and across the world at a range of events throughout the week. 

We bring the week to a close with the return of a festival favourite from last year - the Stand Up for your Rights comedy fundraiser. Taking seven human rights activists and asking them to do a stand up routine for the first time. Then we finish with our friends from Amnesty International doing their usual Saturday 'Write for Rights' slot and a creative story time and craft session from our friends at Libraries NI who are hosting a range of events this year. 

As ever, many thanks to all our host organisations for contributing their amazing events to this years programme. As ever your enthusiasm and commitment to promoting and celebrating Human Rights has been amazing. A quick word of thanks also to the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission who are helping to support this years festival and have also contributed two brilliant events to our programme. 

Please take the time to browse the full programme of events and also check back to this page and our social media platforms for further updates and details of events as they progress. We hope you enjoy the festival programme. 


We look forward to seeing you at this year’s Human Rights Festival!