Why Human Rights?
Wednesday 10th December, 6pm
New Theatre, E-block LSE Houghton St WC2 (nearest tube Holborn/Temple)
"Men are not capable of doing nothing, of saying nothing, of not reacting to injustice, of not protesting against oppression, of not striving for the good of society and the good life in the ways they see it" Nelson Mandela (First Court Statement, 1962)
On the 60th anniversary of the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) creating a global framework for the protection of the rights of everyone, and in this climate of multiple crises, we invite you to consider: do we really have human rights? What's right and wrong with them? Can 'rights' help us respond to the challenge of reconstructing society; so that justice, mutual respect and equality prevail? And if so, what concrete actions must we now take?
Speaker/panel: AC Grayling, Asad Rehman, Andy Worthington (author of the Guantanamo Files), Hicham Yezza, Teresa Hoskyns (London Social Forum), Michael Edwards (Right to the City and Housing), Anne Gray (Privatisation of Public Services) Peter Tatchell and Vivienne Westwood. Q&A with panellists, followed by discussion on where to take the UK civil rights movement.
Also: informal pre-meeting from 3pm Room H102, Connaught House building (LSE, on Aldwych) to discuss background info, action proposals and any other issues of concern. This will include two brief presentations: (1) on the politics of prison and detention and (2) on the notion of Henri Lefebvre's Right to the City as a means of liberation.
Event organised by CAMPACC, the London Guantánamo Campaign, London Against Injustice and others.
Kindly hosted by LSE Students' Union.
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