By: Anjona Roy, Chief Executive of Northampton Rights and Equality Council. Reproduced, with permission, from

Today, Northamptonshire Rights and Equality Council were supporting partners to the British Institute of Human Rights countrywide tour with an event hosted in the Cheyne Walk Club in centre of Northampton.

An audience of over forty people gave up a whole day of their time to debate, discuss and engage with the concept of human rights in twenty first century britain and aboard. The Human Rights tour has been taking place since 2011 and for the first time it had arrived in Northamptonshire.

With a wide range of information about human rights including detailed description of the background to the establishment of the human rights and the framework of rights, the sessions covered case law, the balance of absolute and non absolute rights. There was a wealth of information delivered in an approach that could only be described as extremely user friendly.

It was really positive talking with others in the break at the event at a time where human rights has been hitting the headlines with both the media and the breadth of the political classes having their say.

The trouble is that we are all too comfortable to accept human rights as an idea that should be upheld in a far off foreign land. For right here and right now, human rights doesn’t have a poster boy or poster girl that we can all relate to as it is about all humans many of which we will never really share a similar experince with. Much of the time arguments of social justice promote the concept of “that could be you … so support their cause”. Much of the time human rights battlefields require supporters to support causes that they will never experience, so tha support has to be there with the argument that “this is the right thing to do”and the human rights cause, particular in these times desparately need you and many others to do the right thing.