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Getting it right on human rights - rights in the age of Brexit and Trump

The last few years have been a rude awakening for many supporters of human rights. National and global developments suggest that backing for liberal values is much weaker than many thought. As we approach the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights next year, it is important to remind ourselves what human rights are, where they came from, and why they matter. There are new challenges for human rights, including from authoritarian populism.  But there are many grounds for hope.  Across the world, human rights are being used to take on and overcome abuse, injustice and discrimination. The challenge is to strengthen these voices and these actors, and their opportunity to effect lasting change.

About the speaker:

DMephamDavid Mepham is UK Director of Human Rights Watch, responsible for advocacy towards the UK government and parliamentarians and for the organisation’s dealings with the UK  media.  Since joining the organisation in April 2011, he has worked on a very wide range of country and thematic issues, provided written and oral evidence to parliamentary select committees, spoken at public events, done TV and radio interviews for key outlets and published articles in the UK press.  Before joining Human Rights Watch, Mepham spent four years as the head of policy and advocacy for Save the Children UK. Before that, he was associate director of the Institute for Public Policy Research and the head of its international programme. From 1998 to 2002, Mepham was a senior policy adviser in the UK's Department for International Development. He is also co-editor of Progressive Foreign Policy - new directions for the UK  (2007). He was educated at the London School of Economics and Oxford University.

Chair: Bronwen Manby (Dr), Visiting Senior Fellow, LSE Human Rights       

Date:  Wednesday 11 October 2017, 6.30 pm - 8.00pm             

Venue: Alumni Theatre, NAB - New Academic Building, Lincoln's Inn Fields 

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