Human rights and fake news: what we need to do now

Human rights and fake news: what we need to do now

Last night I gave the annual Human Rights Lecture for the Equality and Human Rights Commission’s Wales office. 

My chosen topic was access to justice, human rights and fake news. I tried to sum up some of my experiences of setting up this blog and RightsInfo, made a probably ill-advised foray into cognitive psychology, and also gave some modest (and non-exhaustive!) proposals for what the human rights community could be doing to make things better.

Thank you for the EHRC for inviting me, to Cardiff University for their very gracious hosting and the audience who were really engaged and asked some difficult questions!

You can watch here or below. Comments most welcome.

Looking for a job writing about rights?

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RightsInfo, the UKHRB’s sister site, is recruiting two Digital Content Creators. 

In our ‘post-truth’ society, it is more important than ever to communicate human rights principles in a clear, engaging and accurate way. We are looking for two talented individuals with skills in one or more of journalism, digital media or marketing, video creation, and graphic design to join our growing content creation team.

If you are a talented writer and/or designer with a passion for human rights, this could be the job for you!

Key details:

  • Salary: Dependent on experience and skills (approx £26k per annum pro rata)
  • Hours: Up to full-time, depending on availability.
  • Location: Central London
  • Closing Date: Sunday 4 December, 10am

Full details and how to apply here

RightsInfo is recruiting a Chief Executive

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I am delighted to share that RightsInfo, the UK Human Rights Blog’s sister site, is recruiting a Chief Executive.

RightsInfo’s build support for human rights in the UK by producing engaging, accessible and beautifully presented online human rights content. In just a year and a half, we have built a new digital media space for human rights, featuring award-winning infographics, video, animation and news content. Now we are recruiting a Chief Executive to drive the project to the next level.

Here are the headlines:

  • Hours: Full time
  • Location: Central London
  • Salary: £50k-£60k per year dependent on experience
  • Closing date for applications: Friday 4 November 2016, 5pm

Full details, including how to apply, are here

RightsInfo is recruiting

RI_anim_02-1024x576The UK Human Rights Blog’s sister project, RightsInfo, is looking for up to five new trustees and a new Coordinator.

Trustee Board (deadline 30 September)

We are seeking to appoint up to five new Trustees to join out Trustee Board. We are particularly interested in exceptional candidates with experience across a range of areas, including:

  • journalism, media and communications;
  • advertising and creative sector;
  • human rights law, policy and practice;
  • charity finance, governance and development; and
  • technology and startups.

Further details about the role and application process are available here.

Coordinator (deadline 9 September)

We are looking to employ an enthusiastic Coordinator to help us change the face of human rights. The role is part-time (3 days per week, which may be scheduled to suit other work arrangements). Salary is £1,354 per month (£26,000 pro rata).

Further details about the role and application process are available here. To learn more about RightsInfo see here.

Please send any queries to joinus@rightsinfo.org.

Look out for more opportunities which we will be advertising in the coming weeks.

Refugee crisis tests Europe on human rights – the Round-up

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In the news

Stemming migration flows from Turkey has been set as “a priority” at the 7 March emergency summit of EU and Turkish leaders in Brussels. EU officials are seeking to persuade Turkey to enforce the ‘action plan’ signed in November, under which Ankara agreed to curb the number of refugees crossing into Greece in return for three billion euros in aid and the speeding up of its EU membership bid.

However, human rights groups have been critical of the EU focus on ensuring refugees remain in Turkey. Amnesty International warned ahead of the meeting that is was “unacceptable” to expect that responsibility should be carried by a country already hosting three million refugees.

“Using Turkey as a ‘safe third country’ is absurd. Many refugees still live in terrible conditions, some have been deported back to Syria and security forces have even shot at Syrians trying to cross the border,” said Gauri van Gulik, Amnesty’s Deputy Director for Europe and Central Asia. Continue reading

10 human rights cases that defined 2015

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It has been a fascinating year in which to edit this Blog. Political and social challenges – from continued government cuts to the alarming rise of Islamic State – have presented new human rights conundrums that have, as ever, slowly percolated to the doors of the country’s highest courts. And all this during the year of an astonishing General Election result and amid continually shifting sands around the future of the Human Rights Act. Continue reading