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One Day Conference to Debate and Explore the Issues at:

University College Cork
Saturday 2nd October 2004

and online at www.sluggerotoole.com

'It is envisaged that there would be a joint committee of representatives of the two Human Rights Commissions, North and South, as a forum for consideration of human rights issues in the island of Ireland. The joint committee will consider, among other matters, the possibility of establishing a charter, open to signature by all democratic political parties, reflecting and endorsing agreed measures for the protection of the fundamental rights of everyone living in the island of Ireland.'

Belfast (Good Friday) Agreement 1998 'Rights, Safeguards and Equality of Opportunity' para. 10

According to the Belfast Agreement, it is the role of the two Human Rights Commissions to consider the possibility of an All Island Charter of Rights. The scope, status and signatories to this charter are undefined by the Agreement. To ensure the success and effectiveness of the project, it is important that a wide-ranging debate on these issues takes place at the earliest possible stage.

A conference to facilitate this discussion is being organised by Professor Colin Harvey of the Human Rights Research Unit at the University of Leeds and Dr Ursula Kilkelly, Faculty of Law, University College Cork and in co-operation with the British Council. The academic organisers have considerable experience of working in the human rights field and the commitment of the British Council to the promotion of good governance and human rights makes it a natural partner for this event. The speakers have extensive practical experience and expertise in the human rights field and come from human rights and equality commissions, NGOs and academic institutions in Ireland and the UK. The objective of the conference is thus to promote greater dialogue among those active in Ireland's human rights community and to provide a forum in which both practical and academic issues central to the proposed All Island Charter can be discussed and developed.

We'd also like to invite you to participate in a moderated online debate at the award winning discussion website,  www.sluggerotoole.com. This public e-debate should bring national and international participation, and help culture a wider debate on the important issues we'll be discussing here in Cork.  It will begin on Tuesday 28th September with the publication of the first of three short think pieces from Colin Harvey and will continue beyond the seminar until Friday 8th October.  Afterwards, a composite final report of the seminar and e-debate will be available from the British Council.

Venue:    Devere Hall, Áras na Mac Léinn (Student Centre), UCC

Solicitors, Barristers, Others            50 EUROS
Community and Voluntary Sector    35 EUROS  
Students                                         10 EUROS
Unwaged                                        FREE

Conference Programme

Booking form

Accommodation and Travel

For further details please contact Ursula (u.kilkelly@ucc.ie; 021 490 3642) or Colin (c.j.harvey@leeds.ac.uk 00 44 1133435029).




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