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Celebrating International Human Rights Day 2009

A number of events celebrating International Human Rights Day 2010 (IHRD) will be taking place on the island of Ireland this week.  Please feel free to post the events which your organisation is holding in celebration of IHRD 2010 and I will update the list:

  • HriI will be assessing the impact of  Irish Budget 2010 on human rights protections with a blog carnival from 2 p.m.
  • Alliance Francaise de Cork and the CCJHR (UCC) are  holding a seminar in celebration of IHRD 2010, the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women.

Thursday 10th December 2009

Human Rights Day

20th Anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child

30th Anniversary of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women

This conference will take place in the room 304 in Brookfield Health Sciences Complex (BHSC), University College of Cork, on Thursday 10 December 2009 (Human Rights Day) from 2pm to 6pm.


I – Introduction and presentation of the speakers – 2pm

Hélène DUQUIN, director of Alliance Française de Cork

II – Speeches (2.15pm – 5pm)

First Panel: The Human Rights (2.15pm – 3pm)

Roisin HENNESSY, Senior Research and Policy Officer in Irish Human Rights Commission

Amnesty International

Second Panel: CRC (3pm – 4pm)

Aisling PARKES, lecturer in Law in UCC

Dr Fiona DONSON, college lecturer in Law in UCC

Don MULLAN, Irish humanitarian worker and media producer

Third Panel: CEDAW (4pm – 5pm)

Tara MADDEN, Program Manager in Frontline (The International Foundation for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders)

Dr Sandra McAvoy, Women’s Studies in UCC

III – Questions & Answers session (from 5pm)

IV – Screening of the film All the Invisible Children

Seven shorts about childhood problem through the eyes of seven directors.

1) “Tanza”: Mehdi Chafer shows a boy called Tanza in an undefined country in Africa fighting in a civil war with machine gun and explosives, and dreaming on having his home and going to school.

2) “Uros”: Emir Kusturica shows a gypsy boy called Uros in his last day in a juvenile prison in Serbia-Montenegro without any other perspective but returning to the place.

3) “Jesus Children of America”: Spike Lee shows a HIV positive girl called Blanca, daughter of junkies’ parents with Aids and the cruelty of her schoolmates in school.

4) “Bilu and João”: Kátia Lund gives an optimistic approach of two homeless children that fight to survive working on the streets, collecting beer and soda tins and paper to sell in a junkyard, and transporting shops in street fairs.

5) “Jonathan”: Jordan and Ridley Scott show a photographer correspondent of war in pain for his past experiences.

6) “Ciro”: Stefano Veneruso shows a young boy in Naples that pickpockets to survive.

7) “Song Son and Little Cat”: John Woo shows a tale of fantasy, with a homeless orphan and a spoiled wealthy girl.

The University of Ulster will play its part in a global fight against injustice as an exhibition marking the 61st anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights opens at Magee this week.

The Poster4Tomorrow exhibition features one hundred evocative posters created by designers from all over  the world  which aim to spark debate on human rights issues and inspire people to unite against injustice.

It will open simultaneously at art galleries, universities and cultural centres in twenty three locations across the world from Beirut to Berlin and Lima to Los Angeles on Thursday 10 December 2009.

Justin Magee, a senior lecturer in product design, School of Creative Arts, said: “The University of Ulster is the perfect location to host a global exhibition such as this and the School of Creative Arts at Magee is excited to be involved in such a dynamic project.

“The theme of this exhibition is ‘the pen is mightier than the sword’ and these designers have used the poster medium as a way of airing their views on world issues, ranging from exposing human rights abuses to criticism of government policies. The exhibition, it is hoped, will inspire people to stand together against injustice across the world.

“We hope that it will get staff, students and the general public thinking about issues of human rights and freedom of expression in today’s modern society.”

Everyone is welcome to attend the launch of the Poster4Tomorrow exhibition which will take place at 1.15pm on Thursday 10 December in the Foyle Arts Building, Magee, as part of the School of Creative Arts’ Café Culture series.

The exhibition will be on display in the café at the Foyle Arts Building and on the glass façade of the Learning Resource Centre until Friday 8 January 2010.

    1. vconway
      December 9, 2009 at 1:41 pm

      Queen’s events on Thursday are (someone else may have a more detailed list):
      11am – 1pm (Room 207, PFC) – Workshop led by Mr Harry Maguire of Community Restorative Justice Northern Ireland.

      3pm – 5pm (G06, PFC) – Screening of the film Das Leben der Anderen (The Lives of Others)

      7.30pm (Room 209, PFC) – Speaker event (with Dr Aoife Nolan, Maggie O’Connor, Anna Lo, MLA) chaired by Brice Dickson.

      Open to all.

    2. vconway
      December 9, 2009 at 1:53 pm

      And CAJ is doing a briefing on the Bill of Rights in the Ulster Hall at 1pm in Belfast.

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