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Five Ideas To Fight For: How Our Freedom is Under Threat and why it Matters

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Speaker: Anthony Lester QCFive Ideas to Fight For Cover
Chair:  Dr Ayça Çubukçu, Assistant Professor in Human Rights
Date: Thursday 20 October 6.30 p.m. - 8.00 p.m.
Venue: Hong Kong theatre, Ground Floor, Clement House


These five ideas are vital to the way of life we enjoy today.  The battle to establish them in law was long and difficult.  Anthony Lester was at the heart of the thirty-year campaign that resulted in the Human Rights Act 1998, as well as the struggle for equality without discrimination because of race, gender, religion, sexuality, religion and disability.  His campaign culminated in the Equality Act of 2010. Today our society is at risk of becoming less equal.  From Snowden’s revelations about our own intelligence agencies spying on us to the treatment of British Muslims, our basic rights and civil liberties are under threat.  The internet leaves our privacy at risk in myriad ways, our efforts to combat extremism curtail free speech, and cuts to legal aid and interference with access to justice endanger the rule of law.

A fierce argument for why we must act now to ensure the survival of the ideals that enable us to live freely,  FIVE IDEAS TO FIGHT FOR is a revealing account of the state of freedom and the law today.

ANLesterTHONY LESTER QC is Britain’s most eminent human rights lawyer.  He has been involved in landmark cases throughout his career, and in 2007 received the Justice and Liberty Judges’ Award for a Lifetime of Achievement in the service of human rights.  He is a Liberal Democrat Peer (Lord Lester of Herne Hill QC) and a frequent commentator in the media on human rights and public policy. 

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Audio recording of the event is available here