I wanted to alert you to a campaign RightsInfo has been running called #FightHateWithRights.
It’s about fighting the rise of extremism by standing up for human rights. Because social breakdown and even genocide don’t happen overnight – they are the result of the steady denial of rights over months or years. By protecting human rights, we also protect against the small cuts to liberty which can lead to far worse.
You can see all of the videos and resources here.
I have posted some of the key video content below the break, including a film featuring three genocide survivors spanning 70 years, a film featuring Professor Philippe Sands and a short video where I sum up the points of the campaign.
On 2 October it is the 17th birthday of the Human Rights Act – it came into force on 2 October 2000.
Rightsnfo is looking for inspiring stories of how people have used the Human Rights Act to publish as part of a birthday feature:
- Please send your stories to firstname.lastname@example.org
- No more than 150 words per story
- Send them by end of Friday 22 September
- Stories welcome from people who have used the Human Rights Act or lawyers who have used it on people’s behalf (please confirm you have your client/ex-client’s authorisation to share the story).
- If you have photos to share then please do so
Looking forward to seeing what people send in!
RightsInfo needs your help on a new campaign to show how protecting human rights is the best way to prevent bigotry, hatred and the rise of the far right.
We’ve all been shocked at the scenes of extremists on the march again. We need your help to fight back against these poisonous ideologies by producing a film for the International Day of Tolerance (16 November 2017), highlighting the discrimination and dehumanisation common to all genocides, and a series of other videos and features.
The crowdfunder launched this morning and we have already reached our first target of £4,000. Now we are working towards the stretch target of £9,000. Can you help?
All details here
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Calling all 15 to 24 year olds! For International Youth Day this Saturday 12 August I will be answering your burning human rights questions on video. This will be posted on RightsInfo and UK Human Rights Blog’s Facebook and Twitter.
Please submit these by 12pm tomorrow (Wed 9 August) by:
RightsInfo is one of one of the UK’s newest and most exciting charities, building knowledge and support for human rights with engaging, accessible and beautifully presented online content.
We’re looking for an enthusiastic, talented Project Coordinator to join our multi-award winning team.
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RightsInfo internship. This summer. London Living Wage. Deadline Sunday 2 July. Need I say more?
All details here
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It has just been the 6th anniversary of an important human rights case, that of Mark and Steven Neary. Steven, who is autistic, was detained in local authority care for over a year before his dad used the Human Rights Act to get him home.
RightsInfo has made a powerful short film to mark the anniversary and tell this important human rights story.
In these uncertain political times, it is more important than ever to tell the positive stories of human rights to counter the tabloid press and grow support for human rights laws. So please do share!