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!
RightsInfo, the UK Human Rights Blog’s sister site, is looking for new volunteer writers. Do you have a passion for human rights and can you write about law for a lay audience? If so, please apply! All details below, via RightsInfo.
We’ve had a cracking start to the year, covering all the biggest human rights news from Brexit developments to the London terror attack, Tory MPs who say we must stay in the Human Rights Convention to why the Tampon Tax is a human rights issue.
Most of what we produce is written by our amazing volunteer team. To support our news coverage further, we’re seeking new volunteers to write for RightsInfo. We are looking for people with excellent writing skills and a good knowledge and understanding of UK human rights law. If you’re keen on British politics, Brexit or human rights in practice then all the better!
We particularly need people who have time to work on more responsive pieces mid-week as part of our news rota, but we’d love to hear from you even if that’s not you.
If you’d like to apply, send us:
- a brief statement on why you would be a good volunteer (max. 100 words)
- a summary in 150 words or fewer of this recent ‘right to die’ case, aimed at a lay audience – no legalese please!
- an indication of whether you would be able to be ‘on call’ one day per week to help us respond to breaking human rights news and, if so, which day of the week you would be able to cover
- All in the body text please – no attachments and no C.V.s please!
Please email your application to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 10pm on Sunday 30th April with the subject line “Volunteer application – [NAME]” and with the case summary and other information all in the body text of the email. We regret that due to the high number of candidates expected, we cannot give individual feedback.
We look forward to hearing from you – good luck!
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.
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!
- 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
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
The 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 email@example.com.
Look out for more opportunities which we will be advertising in the coming weeks.
Next Tuesday, the British Institute of International and Comparative Law (BIICL) will be holding an event in London to mark the start of the final furlong in the run-up to the In/Out EU referendum. Continue reading