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Speaker(s): Martha Spurrier
Chair: Professor Conor Gearty
Recorded on 19 October 2016 at Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building
Over the last decade hostile political rhetoric has been mirrored by the entrenchment of discrimination in our laws and our policies and a sustained threat to our Human Rights Act. In 2016 politicians entered a race to the bottom on human rights and migration issues. Recent polling has found that more people think there are more tensions between communities than there were six months ago. Hate crime has spiked. Now more than ever human rights must be our unifying values. As the UK looks to its new future, this talk will reflect on how human rights – and human rights activists - can offer a national identity of tolerance, diversity and equality, and where the battle lines will be drawn in the months to come.
Martha Spurrier (@marthaspurrier) joined Liberty as Director in May 2016 having practiced law at Doughty Street Chambers.
Conor Gearty (@conorgearty) is Director of the Institute of Public Affairs and Professor of Human Rights Law at LSE.
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