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Northern Ireland Human Rights Festival Programme Launched

09 Dec 2021

The Northern Ireland Human Rights Festival (NIHRF) has officially launched it’s 2021 programme of events. The festival, which contains a series of Northern Ireland based events from the 3rd to 10th December is a collaboration of various charities, NGO’s, academics, artists, and other organisations who have come together to help create awareness and support across a range of human rights issues in Northern Ireland and internationally.

Kevin Hanratty, Director of the Human Rights Consortium, which curates the festival said:

“We are delighted to present this programme of events for the 2021 human rights festival. 2021 is a significant year for us as it is the tenth year of the festival being in operation. The festival started back in 2012 as a small collection of events. The original aim was to try and coordinate the local events that were taking place around Human Rights Day and to attempt to create greater access and engagement with a range of human rights issues and discussions. Ten years later we are very proud of what has been achieved through the festival and we are still working towards those same goals. Many hundreds of events have been held, reaching across a massive range of subjects, sectors and geographic focuses, with thousands of people in attendance. The original aims of helping to celebrate and protect human rights are still the same and we hope that the festival has played a small but unique role in helping advance the vital human rights that are so important to our society and to others around the world.”

NI Human Rights Chief Commissioner Alyson Kilpatrick said:

“The Commission is delighted to once again support the Northern Ireland Human Rights Festival. The festival is an important annual programme of events where we can celebrate human rights; highlight the impact rights have on our everyday lives; and learn more about human rights issues affecting others both locally and internationally. Once again, the Commission will be holding its Annual Statement launch during the festival, and I would encourage the people to check out the wide range of events organised as part of the 2021 programme.”

Geraldine McGahey, Chief Commissioner, Equality Commission for Northern Ireland said:

“We are very pleased to support the festival once again. It’s a great opportunity to get together to discuss and hear about the equality issues affecting people across Northern Ireland which is particularly important in this post Brexit environment. I would encourage you to have a look at this online programme, register for events and enjoy the festival.”

The full festival programme can be found at

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