Monday, 2 August 2010
The Future of Human Rights
The Northern Ireland human rights Commission has organised a one day conference in the Waterfront on 16 September. The title of the conference is The Future of human Rights in the UK. It will focus on four themese (1) The human Righrs Act (1998) (2) Rights and Responsibilities (3) Regionalism and Bills of Rights and (4) Economic and Social Rights.
A Northern Ireland Bill of Rights and an emphasis on economic and social rights are ongoing priorities for the NIHRC and it is not surprising that they feature on the programme. However it is disappointing that there is no mention of cultural rights. This is an aspect of human rights that has a particular relevance in Northern Ireland, especially in relation to areas such as education, museums and cultural infrastructure.