Event: Challenging Human Rights Leadership

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Friday, 12 October, 2018

It’s been 70 years since the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was proclaimed by the United Nations. It is a landmark document that sets out fundamental human rights to be universally protected - from freedom of expression to the presumption of innocence and the right to education.  

We’re bringing together the Elders and future leaders to debate the future of human rights in our event: Challenging Human Rights Leadership in partnership with The British Council and SOAS, University of London.

Speakers include:

Mary Robinson, member of The Elders, former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

Louise Arbour, UN Special Representative for International Migration, former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

Graça Machel, co-founder of The Elders, President of SOAS

Gro Harlem Brundtland, Acting Chair of The Elders, former Prime Minister of Norway

The Elders will debate human rights leadership with the next generation of leaders from the British Council's Future Leaders Connect network.

Join the debate in the lead up to the event by answering our online polls on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram:

1. Are our human rights better protected today than in 1948?

2. What makes a good ethical leader?

3. What is the greatest challenge to the future of human rights?

The event will be livestreamed here from 18:00 GMT on 29 October.

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