Past events

Monday, December 10, 2018 at 06:00 PM
The Admiralty, 66 Trafalgar Square, London, WC2N 5DS

Celebrating 70 years of Human Rights with LCHR

Celebrating 70 years of Human Rights with LCHR

Join us for an evening of celebration on the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

About this Event

Come and celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights with the new Labour Campaign for Human Rights team. Find out more about the importance of protecting human rights and the work that LCHR are doing to ensure human rights stay at the top of the political agenda.

Monday, February 25, 2019 at 07:00 PM
Wilson Room, Portcullis House

Britain and her Allies: Britain’s Relationship with Saudi Arabia

Britain and her Allies: Britain's Relationship with Saudi Arabia

Join us in Parliament for an interactive panel discussion, as we launch the Labour Campaign for Human Rights' first report in our new international human rights campaign - Britain and Her Allies.

Our latest report - Britain and Saudi Arabia - details the extent of Britain’s complicity in, or tolerance of, human rights abuses by the Saudi government in Saudi Arabia, Yemen and across the Middle East. Discussion will be led by Clive Lewis MP and Matthew Turner, Chair of the Labour Campaign for Human Rights. Other guest speakers include Stephen Cockburn (Deputy Director of Global Issues at Amnesty International), Armida van Rij (Research Associate at King's College London) and Yahya Assiri (Saudi activist and founder of ALQST).

The report is the first in our Britain and Her Allies campaign, which examines Britain's relationship with a series of different countries that have poor human rights records, with the aim of helping to develop a human rights-based foreign policy for a Labour government.

You can read the full report here:

Thursday, May 30, 2019 at 06:30 PM
Alumni Theatre, 54 Lincoln's Inn Fields, Holborn, WC2A 3LJ

In Conversation with Lord Bach and Lord Falconer

The Right to Justice: In Conversation with Lord Bach and Lord Falconer

Come and join us at the London School of Economics on 30th May to discuss Legal Aid and the Right to Justice with Lord Bach, Chair of the Bach Commission on Access to Justice, and Lord Falconer, former Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice under New Labour.

The event will be chaired by Sir Ross Cranston, former High Court Judge, Labour MP and Solicior General, and there will be an introduction from Professor Hartley Dean of the LSE Department of Social Policy, and former director of Brixton Advice Centre.

18 months ago the Bach Commission published its Final Report on access to justice. It reviewed significant evidence on the impact of legal aid cuts on the UK's justice system and concluded that the system was in crisis.

The Commission made a number of short-term recommendations, such as reforming the legal aid eligibility rules, and long-term recommendations, including the introduction of a new Right to Justice Act.

In March, the Labour Campaign for Human Rights published a follow-up briefing, Making the Case for Legal Aid: Update, calling for the Labour Party to expressly adopt the Bach Commission recommendations as official party policy.

We will be discussing the history of legal aid, why it is important, and what would be included in a Right to Justice Act.

This event is being jointly hosted by the Labour Campaign for Human Rights, the Society of Labour Lawyers, and the Haldane Society of Socialist Lawyers.

Sunday, September 22, 2019 at 10:00 AM
Durham Hall 4, Hilton Brighton Metropole, BN1 2FU

Addressing Hunger in Modern Britain Head-On

The Right to Food: Addressing Hunger in Modern Britain Head-On

Come and join our Fringe Event at the Labour Party Conference 2019.

The event is being hosted by Human Rights Watch, the Labour Campaign for Human Rights, End Hunger UK, Sustain and the Independent Food Aid Network.

Date: Sunday 22nd September
Time: 10:00am - 12:00pm
Location: Hilton Brighton Metropole, Durham Hall 4


  • Stephen Cockburn (Labour Campaign for Human Rights)

  • Kartik Raj (Human Rights Watch)

  • Deirdre “Dee” Woods (Independent Food Aid Network)

  • Imogen Richmond-Bishop (Sustain and Just Fair)

  • Jane Middleton (the Labour Hunger Campaign)

The event will discuss how a ‘right to food’ approach can help address the skyrocketing rise in reliance on food aid in recent years and the failures of social security assistance to meet the basic minimum required to get by, and set our positive legislative, policy and community work solutions to growing hunger in the UK.

It follows the launch of HRW's recent report - Nothing Left in the Cupboards - on austerity, welfare cuts and the right to food in the UK.

You can find more information here:

The event also forms part of LCHR’s brand-new 'Campaign for Social Rights' which urges the next Labour Government to deepen its commitment to social justice by introducing a Social Rights Bill that will enshrine our rights to food, health, housing and work into law. We believe that had such protections been in place before 2010, many austerity measures could have been prevented or stopped entirely.

We hope to see you there!


Monday, September 23, 2019 at 01:00 PM
Victoria Terrace, The Grand Brighton in Brighton , United Kingdom

Hope for Human Rights

Hope for Human Rights

Come and join our Fringe Event - Hope for Human Rights - at the Labour Party Conference 2019.

The event is being hosted by the Labour Campaign for Human Rights and Amnesty International UK.

Date: Monday 23rd September 2019
Time: 1.00 - 2.00pm
Location: Victoria Terrace, The Grand, Brighton

- Matthew Turner (Labour Campaign for Human Rights)
- Kate Allen (Director, Amnesty International UK)
- Baroness Shami Chakrabarti CBE (Shadow Attorney General)
- Harriet Harman QC MP (former Acting Labour Party Leader)
- Kolbassia Haoussou (Freedom from Torture / Survivors Speak OUT).

We will be discussing why human rights in the UK matter, how we can protect them (including in the context of Brexit), what Britain’s role on the global stage should be, and what we in the UK can do to support movements for human rights around the world.

You can find more information here:

We hope to see you there!


Tuesday, February 04, 2020 at 06:30 PM
Committee Room 10, Palace of Westminster, SW1A 0AA

Human Rights in Bangladesh: Shaping the Future of Diplomacy

Human Rights in Bangladesh: Shaping the Future of Diplomacy

The LCHR presents a roundtable to discuss human rights in Bangladesh and the future of the UK's diplomatic relationship.

About this Event

Join the Labour Campaign for Human Rights for the launch of its latest briefing, 'Britain and Bangladesh'.

The Briefing

The briefing contains a detailed study of Britain’s relationship with Bangladesh from the perspective of human rights.

It looks at trade, including arms sales and the textiles industry, aid, including micro-financing, human rights abuses by the Bangladesh government, the Rohingya crisis, climate change and more.

It concludes with a set of recommendations that we hope will shape Labour Party policy towards Bangladesh.

You can read a full copy of the briefing here

The Event

We have an expert panel of speakers for the event including:

  • Murad Qureshi - is the Chair of the Stop the War Coalition, Board Member of BRAC UK, and former Labour Member of the Greater London Assembly

  • Mabrur Ahmed - is Co-Founder and Director of Restless Beings, an international human rights charity working on child rights, refugee rights, and women’s rights

  • Dr Halima Begum - is a Social policy and aid expert, former First Secretary and Education Adviser, FCO/DFID Bangladesh

  • Dr Rumana Hasem - is a Political Sociologist and Bangladeshi-born activist at the Department of Politics and International Studies at the University of Warwick. She is the founder of Phulbari Solidarity Group and Community Women Against Abuse.

  • David Bergman - is a London-based journalist who until recently lived in Bangladesh, working for various national and international media. In 2017, he wrote two Human Rights Watch reports on Freedom of Expression and Enforced Disappearances in Bangladesh. Before that he set up and ran the Centre for Corporate Accountability, and worked as a TV producer at Twenty Twenty Television.

Also speaking:

  • Rupa Huq MP - is the MP for Ealing Central and Acton

  • Sofia Karim and Dr Quazi Karim - niece and sister of the award-winning photojournalist and a TIME Person of the Year 2018, Shahidul Alam

Our aim is to have an open discussion about the UK’s relationship with Bangladesh. We do not propose to be experts in the subject and we see the briefing as the start of a conversation, rather than any conclusive statement on the issues that arise.

We are simply seeking to ask the question: 'How can Britain best use its relationship with Bangladesh to promote human rights?'.

The Labour Campaign for Human Rights

The Labour Campaign for Human Rights is a campaign group that seeks to promote and protect human rights within the Labour movement, in the UK and beyond.

Our latest campaign, Britain and Her Allies, looks at how the UK can put human rights at the heart of its foreign policy. We have recently been looking at Britain's relationship with Saudi Arabia and Bangladesh.

We are also running a domestic campaign: the Campaign for Social Rights in which we are lobbying for the next Labour government to introduce a Social Rights Act, enshrining our internationally-recognised rights to food, housing, education, health and work into law.

Please note, due to the size of the room, this event may quickly reach capacity, please ensure to RSVP early to guarantee your seat.

Monday, February 10, 2020 at 07:30 PM
Committee Room 12, Houses of Parliament, Westminster, London, SW1A 0AA

Justice and Human Rights Leadership Hustings

Justice and Human Rights Leadership Hustings

LCHR and SLL present the Justice and Human Rights Leadership Hustings

About this Event

The Justice and Human Rights Leadership Hustings, hosted by the Labour Campaign for Human Rights (LCHR) and the Society of Labour Lawyers (SLL), will take place on Monday 10th February at 7.30pm in Parliament.

Whilst none of the candidates are able to attend, we are very pleased to say that they are all sending impressive MPs to represent them at the hustings:

  • Keir Starmer is sending Nick Thomas-Symonds MP to represent him

  • Lisa Nandy is sending Stephen Kinnock MP to represent her

  • Emily Thornberry is sending Catherine West MP to represent her

  • Rebecca-Long Bailey is sending Lloyd Russell-Moyle to represent her

The hustings will focus on the following issues:

  • crime and justice

  • legal aid

  • constitutional reform and judicial independence

  • human rights in the UK (including economic, social and cultural rights)

  • human rights overseas- international law

We would also like to focus on diversity in law, the casualisation of the legal workforce and the wellbeing of lawyers.

We believe that these are hugely important issues for the next Labour Leader to address and that Party members should have a clear idea of where each candidate stands on them.

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