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Lord Alf Dubs to speak on rights and equality at Belfast (Good Friday) Agreement Anniversary event

16 May 2018

The Labour peer, Lord Alf Dubs, will be in Belfast on Thursday to attend a special event to mark the 20th Anniversary of the Belfast (Good Friday) Agreement. The event has been organised by the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland and the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission, and will see Lord Alf Dubs in conversation with journalist and broadcaster, William Crawley.

Lord Alf Dubs will speak on: ‘A life in Politics: Advocating for Human Rights and Equality’ to a full house at Riddel Hall, Queen’s University Belfast.

Ahead of Thursday’s event, Lord Alf Dubs commented:

It is great to come back to Northern Ireland to speak on the important subject of rights and equality. Having been in post during the Belfast (Good Friday) Agreement I am clear that the protection of rights and equality continues to be a crucial element of maintaining a peaceful society. As political leaders we must never lose sight of this.”

Chief Commissioner for the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland, Dr Michael Wardlow commented:

I am delighted that Lord Dubs has agreed to come and talk about his long and extremely interesting life in politics – particularly appropriate when the political landscape is so turbulent at present. I first met Lord Dubs when he was Parliamentary Under Secretary of State here and it was clear to me then how much Northern Ireland meant to him. I am really looking forward to hearing some more about the man I have so long admired, in his own words!”

Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission Chief Commissioner, Les Allamby, added:

“We look forward to hosting Lord Alf Dubs at Riddel Hall on Thursday. Lord Dubs has had a significant impact on political life through his political career. He has made significant contributions in the fields of housing and on asylum and refugee issues, most recently on the issue of granting the right to unaccompanied asylum seekers to come to the UK. He has a longstanding interest and affection for Northern Ireland long after his time as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Northern Ireland. We are pleased to partner with the Equality Commission for what promises to be a fantastic evening to mark the 20th Anniversary of the Belfast (Good Friday) Agreement.”

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