by Paul McKinnon
Human Rights Day is Wednesday, 10 December. It is the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. There is much in the document that is of interest to Worklife members; the right to employment, to decent working conditions, to form trade unions to defend those conditions, to form associations in general, and the right to social security, are all canvassed. See: www.un.org/Overview/rights.html
Several groups are holding events on and around the actual day.
I was involved in the meeting that sought to co-ordinate them all. Most of the events are listed below.
Please support Human Rights Day by attending whichever events appeal to you.
The organising group was anxious to get union input to the supper that follows the forum on Wednesday 10 December. The plan is that during the course of the supper representatives of various human rights activists from different movements will briefly describe their campaign and its importance. It isn’t a union event, but some input from the union movement is sought and hopefully will happen. It would be unconscionable if Human Rights Day passed by without a mention of the threat to workers’ rights posed by the ABCC.
The best person to contact about the Wednesday events is Jeff Brunne of Just Rights Qld. (Mobile: 0410 551 354; Email: email@example.com
4/85 Rawlins St
Ph: (07) 3392 3843
Amnesty Women’s Rights Breakfast
As part of the annual 16 days of Activism to Stop Violence Against Women, Amnesty is holding a breakfast event which will be addressed by two well-respected advocates of women’s rights.
Place: Sebel Citigate Hotel, King George Square
Time: 6.30am for 7am start, Thursday 4 December
RSVPs by 26 November – refer attached flyer and contact Michael.firstname.lastname@example.org
Screening of “Hope”
On the occasion of Human Rights Day 2008, the Refugee Action Collective (Qld) presents a special screening of Steve Thomas’ much praised documentary, Hope – the unforgettable story of the remarkable Amal Basry, mother, Iraqi refugee and survivor of the infamous SIEV-X tragedy.
In addition to the film, updates will be given by high-profile refugee rights activists on the status of the campaign for refugee rights in Australia.
Place: Metro Arts, 109 Edward St, Brisbane
Time: 6.30 pm, Saturday 6 December 2008
Frederika Steen of the Romero Centre;
Andrew Bartlett, refugee advocate and former Senator
Entry by donation
Further information: Paul, Phone 3392 3843 or email email@example.com
“Every Human has Rights” – Human Rights Day Forum and Supper
JRQ, in partnership with Amnesty International and QCCL, are pleased to announce the holding of a public forum and supper to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
The free public forum is being held at the Sebel Citigate Hotel, Brisbane, from 6.30 pm on Wednesday 10 December. We will hear from our speakers, including Phillip Adams and Stephen Keim, from 7pm.
Following the forum, at 8.30 pm, the supper is an opportunity to hear from and acknowledge the work of human rights activists who have tirelessly contributed to the advancement of various human rights during the year. The cost of the supper is $35 per person.
RSVPs are essential – refer attached flyers and contact UDHR60@justrightsqld.org
Christmas Carols and Celebration of Life
Australians Against Capital Punishment are holding their annual festive event – entertainment and speakers to be finalised shortly.
Place: Queens Park, George and Elizabeth Sts
Time: 5.30 for 6-7pm event, 12 December 2008
Further information: Tina on email firstname.lastname@example.org
Aboriginal Rights are Human Rights!
Organised by the Aboriginal Rights Coalitions, this rally highlights the many Indigenous Rights issues that remain in a year that began with the much-publicised apology to the stolen generations. The rally calls for:
An end to the NT Intervention – Land Rights not Leases
An end to Black Deaths in Custody – Free Lex Wotton
Place: Queens Park, corner of George and Elizabeth Streets
Time: 2pm Saturday December 13th
Further information: Lauren on email email@example.com
Connections Sat 6th Dec 2008 2-4 pm Nazareth Church Hall 12 Hawthorne St Wooloongabba
Click showcase-dec-08-songlines to download poster