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Over the past year, a number of key events have converged fundamentally re-shaping perspectives on human rights. The death of George Floyd has reignited actions against racism; the Covid-19 pandemic has heightened existing inequalities and exposed new vulnerabilities, while the rise of illiberal politics across the world has accentuated concerns about issues as varied as the environment, migration and LGBTQ+ rights.
With this in mind, the focus of Kingston's Human Rights Festival 2021 is Human Rights in an Age of Polarisation and Disparities. This year's festival – the result of a collaboration between the Department of Politics, International Relations and Human Rights at Kingston University, UK, and the Department of Global Studies at the University of North Carolina Charlotte, US – will consider the implications of these events on the protection of the rights of people.
Students, academics, leading practitioners and activists on both sides of the Atlantic will come together to examine relevant challenges of today, and debate their impact on the future. Events will focus on important issues such as: transatlantic perspectives on Black Lives Matter activism; the intersection between labour exploitation and racism, environmental justice and extractive corporations; Covid-19, inequality and forgotten human rights problems; and migration and LGBTQ+ rights.
All sessions will be held online and are free, but registration is required. The links for each session will be emailed to registered participants.
Booking is essential to attend this event.
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Contact: Dr Radu Cinpoes
Dr Radu Cinpoes