Northern Ireland Human Rights Festival 2020

December 7, 2020

This year’s festival will run from the 7th –11th December and continues to offer a wide variety of more than 30 FREE online events and on-demand content focussed on different aspects of human rights from home and abroad.

2020 has been an unbelievably challenging year for everyone across the world. The Covid-19 global pandemic has created a massive public health emergency, extensive loss of life and has also exposed and deepened many inequalities in our society. Rights continue to connect us and to protect us in these uncertain times. Now more than ever we need to celebrate and continue to protect those fundamental values and safeguards.

Given that most of us continue to be in lockdown and isolated from family and friends we have decided to take this year’s festival events entirely online. The internet will allow us to be connected virtually and the festival will help us explore how in the current circumstances we continue to be interconnected by rights as well.

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With webinars and discussions of responses and reactions to COVID, Brexit, the Bill of Rights, feminism, disability, the LGBT+ community, domestic violence, the planetary emergency and much more we have plenty to keep you busy from Monday the 7th-Friday the 11th of December!

We also have an amazing collection of activities and entertainment, including a photography exhibition from artist in residence Bernie McAllister, family friendly and fun activities for kids, a virtual Pub Quiz on Thursday evening, with live comedy and music, and a wide range of free films and exclusive documentaries exploring human rights across the world.

We wish you all well in what are strange times and hope that you enjoy this year’s programme of events. Let’s hope that moving forward we can continue to discuss, debate and explore the value of human rights as we continue to emerge from tough times and dedicate ourselves to fighting even harder for a better future based on human rights.

Visit or find us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at #NIHRF to sign up and learn more!

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