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The Human Rights Act: Ten Years On Conference

by Tahira Majothi on April 30, 2010

Ten Years On: A Multi-perspective Evaluation of the Human Rights Act (1998) runs 4-5 June 2010 at the University of Salford Law School, tickets are now available.

I remember attending a briefing on the Human Rights Act (HRA) in a previous role at Manchester Citizens Advice Bureau. The Act was seen as a beacon to address inequalities and seemed timely given the arrival of refugees and asylum seekers into Manchester.

I can’t believe it’s been ten years already since the Act was launched, boy do I feel old!

How familiar are you with the Act? Did you know that it covered for instance:

  • Freedom from torture and degrading treatment
  • Freedom of thought, conscience and religion, and freedom to express your beliefs
  • The right to an education
  • The right to participate in free elections
  • The right to a fair trial
  • The right to respect for private and family life
  • The right to marry and to start a family
  • The right not to be discriminated against in respect of these rights and freedoms

How far have we come to achieving these ideals on a national or indeed international level?

The programme will address:

  • The origins of the HRA
  • Salford and Human Rights
  • Terrorism and security
  • Human Geography, Environment, Culture and Human Rights
  • Activism, Testimony and Social Change
  • Feminism and HRA
  • Surveillance, Control, Health and Social Care

As well as the welcome address from the Vice-Chancellor Martin Hall, the Conference will also play host to speakers including; Supreme Court Justice Lady Hale, who will discuss how the Bench views the HRA, Human Rights Campaigner Peter Tatchell and University Chancellor and former Amnesty International Secretary General Irene Khan.

The day will also focus on themes of national security, data protection, immigration and mental health (some real political hot potatoes).

In addition there will also be an opportunity to take a tour of the Working Class Movement Library and a showing of a documentary by Kum-Kum Bhavani.

For full details of the programme and to register for tickets, go to: http://www.law.salford.ac.uk/hr_registration.php

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