#UDHR70 – The programme of events in Ireland!
2018 is a very special year to mark the 70th anniversary of the adoption by the United Nations of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR)!
It is the year when the world also celebrates the legacy of four major Human Rights activists and key figures of the second half of the 20th century: Nelson Mandela (#Mandela100), Martin Luther King (#MLK50), Mahatma Gandhi (#Gandhi150) and Joseph Wresinski (#30). For Ireland it is also a time to remember the commitments of James Connolly (#Connolly150).
All these key figures were strongly committed to the civic rights and freedoms but also completely aware of the indivisibility of Human Rights and to make sure the provision of rights protect individuals from socio-economic, educational and cultural vulnerabilities. Gandhi summarised the indivisibility of Human Rights in one sentence: “Poverty is the worst form of violence”.
Economic, Social and Cultural Rights enshrined in the UDHR have to be promoted, strengthened and protected with the same energy and mobilisation as the other rights. After 4 years of silence of the Irish Government on the key 2014 request of the Constitutional Convention to strengthen the protection of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in the Irish Constitution, let’s make sure the UDHR70 series of events in Ireland keep the demand alive! Economic, Social and Cultural Rights are Human Rights!
In Ireland, 2018 marks also a series of important human rights anniversaries. 100 years since partial suffrage for women, 50 years since the emergence of the Civil Rights movement in Northern Ireland and 20 years since the signing of the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement. Hence the theme of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Festival has therefore been interwoven with the concept of 100, 70, 50, 20 to commemorate those special events and their importance for human rights. The theme also provides a spring board to discuss what has been accomplished since those important milestones and what human rights goals have yet to be achieved.
Ireland marks UDHR70:
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about events you would be aware of
and we should include in this calendar!
Until the 12th January 2019 – Kilmainham Gaol, Dublin
The Nelson Mandela Centenary Exhibition presenting Madiba as Leader, Comrade, Negotiator, Prisoner, and Statesman, is an initiative of the Department of Foreign Affairs together with Kilmainham Gaol. Admission for “From Prisoner to President: An Exhibition celebrating the life of Nelson Mandela” is free but booking is required. Visitors who have booked for the guided tour of Kilmainham Gaol will also have access to the Nelson Mandela exhibition and do not require an additional ticket. Free Booking
From 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, to 10 December, Human Rights Day, the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence Campaign is a time to galvanize action to end violence against women and girls around the world. The international campaign originated from the first Women’s Global Leadership Institute coordinated by the Center for Women’s Global Leadership in 1991. Building on the momentum of global movements and grassroots campaigns such as ‘#MeToo’, “#TimesUp”, “#BalanceTonPorc” “#NiUnaMenos”, #MetooIndia and “HollaBack!”, the UN theme for this year’s 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence (25 November – 10 December) is Orange the World: #HearMeToo. Tell your story here!
Read President Michael D Higgins’ message here!
Friday 23rd, Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th November – Dublin
The Dublin Human Rights Festival 2018 is organised by Front Line Defenders in partnership with the Dublin City Council, Irish Council for Civil Liberties, National Women’s Council of Ireland, Fighting Words, the Latin America Solidarity Centre and the National LGBT Federation. They have once again come together to bring citizens a weekend packed with interactive workshops, panel discussions, artistic performances and more. Locations of the event are the Wood Quay Venue, the Smock Alley Theatre & the International Bar.
Details and registrations
Saturday 1st December 2018 – 2pm to 5pm – Garden of Remembrance
After the massive success of the #RaiseTheRoof rally on October 3rd when we had 12,000 on the streets outside Dáil Éireann, the National Homeless and Housing Coalition have called a national demonstration on the housing crisis to take place on December 1st at 2pm. The people marching will call on the Government to accelerate programme of public housing on public land, to add 1bn euro funding in the budget for housing, to end to evictions from the private sector motivated by profit making, to stop raise in rents and to hold a referendum to enshrine the right to a home into the constitution. Details.
Monday 3rd December 2018 – 6.30pm to 8.30pm – Alliance Française, Dublin
Mark the anniversary of the 1948 signature in Paris with Dublin’s French speaking Community! The French Embassy, the Belgian Embassy, the Alliance Française and All Together in Dignity Ireland invite you to join “Stand Up For Human Rights – Debout Pour Les Droits de l’Homme” and a range of national and international Human Rights Defenders for an evening of debate and celebration of the signature of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights at the Palais de Chaillot in Paris, France. Details and Registration
Tuesday 4th December 2018 – Irish Human Rights & Equality Commission
IHREC in partnership with the Irish Times delivered to every primary and secondary school in Ireland this week – this beautiful poster illustrating the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, in English and as Gaeilge! Schools are invited to use poster for classroom discussions on human rights and the lives of young people.
Thursday 6th December 2018 – 10am 12.30pm – Irish Human Rights & Equality Commission
Join members of the Economic, Social and Cultural Rights Initiative and the Community Platform for “Declaring our Human Rights” a morning of personal narratives in diverse forms to mark the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Details and Registration
Sunday 9th to Saturday 15th December 2018 – Northern Ireland Human Rights Festival 2018
The NIHRF programme of events enables discussion, debate and activism across a spectrum of human rights issues. The festival partners are the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission and the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland who sustain the festival and brought important human rights issues to the programme. The Festival events in themselves play an important role in advancing the protection of human rights locally and internationally. Yet there are still distinct barriers to full equality for women, rights are unfortunately not universally enjoyed at the global or local level, communities in Northern Ireland are still divided and there are considerable equality challenges yet to be faced and twenty years after the peace settlement Northern Ireland has yet to seethe type of human rights-based governance envisioned in the Agreement. The challenge of celebrating and striving to protect human rights continues. The organisers hope the festival gives you food for thought about how you can contribute to that process. Details
Monday 10th December 2018 – 9.30am to 4.30pm – Mansion House, Dublin
The annual DFAT Civil Society Forum will take place on Monday 10th December 2018 at The Mansion House, Dublin. This year’s Forum coincides with the 70th Anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) and will explore the role of the Declaration in today’s changing world. Details and Registration – Programme
Monday 10th December 2018 – 10.30am to 12.30pm – Mansion House, Dublin
Dublin City Interfaith Forum will launch of ‘DCIF Strategy 2018 – 2021’. The DCIF’s strategy will outline new ways for people of diverse faiths to work together, respecting each other and preventing societal polarization or hostility by creating positive interactions between the communities.
Monday 10th December – 11.30am to 1pm – FLAC (Free Legal Advice Centres) Dorset Street, Dublin
Launch of Independent Living Movement (ILMI) “A Guide to the Law in Ireland in relation to Disability”. Anna O Duffy has written an ILMI Disability Guide to the Law which clearly informs disabled people and about their rights, the laws that relate to disabled people and what disabled people can do if they believe their rights have been violated. This document will be launched at the offices of the Free Legal Advice Centres (FLAC) on Dorset Street. There will be inputs from disability activists, author Anna O Duffy and Eilis Barry, CEO of FLAC. Live Streaming via www.facebook.com/ILMIreland
Monday 10th December 2018 – 4.30pm to 5.30pm – Mansion House, Dublin
On Human Rights Day, ATD Ireland invites you again to #StandUp4HumanRights and to #LightTheWay on the 17 #GlobalGoals of the #2030Agenda. Join us for the “Long Walk to Freedom – Episode 4”, the fourth symbolic candlelit walk of a series of 16 walks which take place each year from 2015 (Episode 1) to 2030, on Human Rights Day! Details and Registration
Monday 10th December 2018 – 5.30pm – City Hall, Dublin
Lord Mayor of Dublin Nial Ring will read from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on the steps of City Hall at 6pm on 10th December 2018. Also, joining him to read from the Declaration will be: Michael Gaffey, Ambassador, Permanent Mission of Ireland to the United Nations Office in Geneva – Nurcan Baysal, Kurdish Writer & Human Rights Defender (overall winner for 2018 The Front Line Defenders Award for Human Rights Defenders at Risk held in City Hall earlier this year) – Susan Herman, President, American Civil Liberties Union
Monday 10th December 2018 – 5.30pm – City Hall, Dublin
Launch of the 2019 “End Poverty with Human Rights” Calendar by the Irish Committee for the UN End Poverty Day. Details