PLEASE NOTE this talk will start at 7.00 p.m. prompt, we encourage you to arrive from 6.30 p.m. to chat and hear about future events.
Human Rights v Human Wrongs - Making Human Rights Law Enforceable Worldwide.
International human rights law is long established, but often violated and rarely enforced. Many of the worst human rights violators have escaped justice, from Henry Kissinger to Vladimir Putin, Robert Mugabe and Omar al-Bashir. Peter Tatchell
How can we make Human Rights Law enforceable worldwide?
CLHG are delight to welcome tireless campaigner and Secularist of the Year 2012, Peter Tatchell as a speaker to the group.
Born in Melbourne, Australia in 1952, Peter began campaigning for human rights in 1967 and has not stopped since.
For 45 years he has been a fighter for human rights, democracy, global justice and LGBT freedom.
“You’d have had to live on the moon not to have been aware of Peter’s many campaigns to drive forward human rights.
He has made the unprecedented transition from ‘public enemy no. 1’ to national treasure”
Terry Sanderson, President of the National Secular Society
“A civil rights campaigner we can all applaud”
The Sunday Telegraph
“A modern-day prophet…dauntingly brave in his pursuit of equality and justice”
Bishop Richard Holloway, former Primate of Scotland
“His impact has been immense… brave, honest and absolutely sincere in his determination to build an unprejudiced world”
Lord Hattersley ex Deputy Leader of the Labour Party
“Worldwide organised religion is the single greatest threat to human rights; especially the rights of women, LGBT people, atheists and minority faiths.
People are entitled to their faith but they are not entitled to insist that their religious values are the law of the land.”
On being awarded a Blue Plaque in 2010, a rare achievement during a life-time, Peter said,
“I dedicate my acceptance of this award to the heroic democracy and human rights campaigners in Iran, Uganda, Iraq, Russia, Zimbabwe, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan and West Papua. I walk – no crawl – in their shadow. Their courage is awesome.”
Peter’s key political inspirations are Mahatma Gandhi, Sylvia Pankurst and Martin Luther King. He has adapted many of their methods in his contemporary non-violent struggle for human rights and invented a few of his own.
Please join us to listen to tireless campaigner and Secularist of the Year 2012 Peter Tatchell. The talk will commence at 7.00 p.m. prompt but do feel free to arrive earlier from 6.30 p.m. to chat and find out about other up and coming events. Afterwards there will be a short question and answer session, many of us will then continue to debate in the nearby pub the Lords John Russell.
A suggested donation of £2 per person would be welcome on the night to help cover the cost of room and equipment hire.