Belfast to hold international Human Rights conference

A major conference, bringing together over 20 international human rights leaders from 12 countries, will take place in Belfast this weekend.

The event, which runs from 30 January to 3 February, is part of a programme by the British Council to develop an effective network and support system for national human rights commissions across the Commonwealth and is supported by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

The conference, organised in partnership with the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission, is aimed at exchanging good practice between chief executive officers and senior managers in the effective management of human rights commissions.

Colm McGivern, Director of the British Council in Northern Ireland, said: “We are delighted that so many Commonwealth countries will be represented at this important event in Belfast.

“The conference will greatly assist in developing additional international mechanisms for the protection of human rights and measures of effectiveness for human rights institutions.”

Guest speakers at the conference will include Orest Nowosad, Head of the National Institutions Unit of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights; Professor Chris Sidoti, former Commissioner with the Australian Human Rights Commission; Professor Kwak, Secretary General, National Human Rights Commission, Korea and Richard Carver, Oxford Media Research.


Related Northern Ireland News Stories
Click here for the latest headlines.

13 June 2022
UK Govt To Produce New Protocol Legislation
The UK Government is set to publish new legislation to give Ministers the power to scrap part of the Northern Ireland Protocol. The Protocol is part of the UK government's Brexit deal that keeps Northern Ireland within the EU Single Market. However, this has resulted in checks on goods coming into NI from the rest of the UK.
06 June 2022
International Disability Employment Event To Take Place In ICC
Communities Minister Deirdre Hargey has announced that the Harkin Summit, an International Disability Employment Event, is set to take place in the International Convention Centre (ICC) on 7 and 8 June. The event aims to raise awareness and call for change worldwide for disability employment.
01 October 2001
RUC host international human rights conference
An international conference on human rights hosted by the Royal Ulster Constabulary began in Belfast on Monday. The two-day conference in the Hilton Hotel marks the first anniversary of the incorporation of the European Convention on Human Rights into domestic law.
20 October 2005
Human rights central to citizenship - Minister
Human rights are central to citizenship and have an important role to play in moving Northern Ireland towards an equal, just and peaceful future. That was the message from Education Minister, Angela Smith, at today's cross-border conference on Human Rights Education in Dublin.
29 June 2022
Weather Warning Issued For Heavy Rain
The Met Office has issued a Yellow weather warning for heavy rain expected across the east of Northern Ireland on Thursday morning. The forecaster said that heavy rain is expected from around 5am on Thursday, affecting Counties Antrim, Armagh and Down. The Met Office warned that heavy rain may bring localised flooding and some travel disruption.