Celebrate Human Rights Day

Posted by Shami Chakrabarti on 10 December 2010

Today is Human Rights Day - a date that Liberty always looks forward to celebrating at the start of the festive season. This year not only are we launching a competition for school children across the country but we’re also releasing an engaging new cinema advert promoting our Common Values campaign.

Among today’s young people lie tomorrow’s human rights champions – that’s why our competition asks children to ‘Write human rights’ and produce a short piece of poetry or prose about the Human Rights Act.

We have an exciting panel of judges for this competition, including writers Anthony Horowitz, Ali Smith, Georgia Byng and as well as publisher Simon Prosser. Keep an eye on the competition page for more details.

Meanwhile, cinema goers will be able to see Liberty’s advert promoting the Human Rights Act. You can find a sneak preview here. Look out for the familiar faces of Simon Callow and Riz Ahmed, who play teachers helping a class of children understand why human rights matter.

We’re hugely grateful to Simon and Riz – as well as our good friends at DNR films (remember the 42 days ad?) – for their generous help in making the film. And we’re sure you’ll agree that the classroom of young stars are outstanding ambassadors for fundamental rights and freedoms.

If all this has whetted your appetite to celebrate Human Rights Day yourself, visit our campaigns page for great ideas of things you can do to make a difference. And if you’re not already a member of Liberty, join us here. As we say in the advert “If these are the values we expect in our classrooms; why not in our country?” Happy and peaceful holidays.