Minority rights go under the spotlight
Whether it’s high profile atrocities or day to day discrimination, the voice of many minority groups is still not being heard, according to human rights experts at Middlesex University who are organising an event to highlight their concerns.
The Minority Rights Summer School, which has been running for more than a decade in Ireland, will be held in London for the first time, from Friday 22 – Sunday 24 June at Middlesex University’s Hendon Campus. Bringing together high profile speakers from the likes of the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights to the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe, the conference will provide an overview of the legal, political and practical issues of minority rights law.
Sessions will cover a wide range of minority rights issues including genocide, ethnic cleansing, prevention of conflict, religion and race, slavery and the UN Declaration on the Right of Minorities. Speakers are a mixture of expert practitioners and academics, and come from a variety of organisations including Rainforest Foundation UK, Anti-Slavery International and Forest Peoples programme.
In addition to lectures and seminars, the summer school will also feature a film screening of ‘Suarez Gold: Afro-Colombian miners defending their heritage’.
Middlesex University minority rights law lecturer, Dr David Keane who is organising the summer school said: “Violations of minority rights are often at the root of global conflicts, so Governments need to be addressing these. We hope to draw attention to those marginalised from the public sphere as disadvantaged minorities and indigenous people often struggle to get their voices heard.”
“Minority rights can vary from atrocities to discrimination in areas such as employment and services. The Summer School will look at a selection of these and discuss opportunities to support and raise awareness of minority struggles,” added Keane.
Please see more information and guidance on how to book a place for the Minority Rights Summer School.