Yesterday evening we attended an event we look forward to all year at BIHR. The Human Rights Research Project presentation evening which is the culmination of our annual Young Human Rights Researcher Project. The project brings together year 9 students from Surbiton High School and Tiffin School for boys.

Back in October, the students visited us at Queen Mary University Law School for a human rights education day, where they learned about human rights in the UK. After visiting us at BIHR, the students then work in small groups to and pick a human rights topic to research. This year the topics the students selected covered a broad range of difficult and complex human rights issues: from access to medicine to the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion.

The students write up reports in their small groups, which we review, followed by a presentation evening where all the groups present their findings and answer questions from the audience. This year, as ever year we were really impressed by the standard of the research and reports. The students completed both primary and secondary research to a really high level. We were also pleased to see all the young people speak with such interest, confidence and clarity on their chosen topics. 

All of the students done amazingly well but a special congratulations to our prize winners!

Ben Luca, Austin and Sayanen from Tiffin School. Their report "POLICING PROTEST: Did the Extinction Rebellion Autumn Uprising protest, and its policing, violate Human Rights?" which won three awards!:

  • Best Written
  • Best Presentation
  • Audience Choice 


Hannah, Sakthy and Sonya won the Best Research award for their report "Are refugees and asylum seekers in the UK treated fairly and in accordance with human rights?"

In fact these reports are so good we have decided to publish them! Click on the links below to read the prize winning reports:

We’re proud to work with both Surbiton and Tiffin schools to help students learn about human rights, and develop their research skills as the next generation of human rights researchers.

We are already looking forward to seeing what they do next year!