Shami Chakrabarti CBE Roscoe Lecture


19 April 2011

Shami Chakrabarti CBE, Director of Liberty (The National Council for Civil Liberties), recently delivered a Roscoe Lecture on 'The Balance between Human Rights and Security' as part of the Roscoe Lecture Series: 'Thinking outside the box'. Since becoming Liberty's Director she has written, spoken and broadcast widely on the importance of the post-WW2 human rights framework as an essential component of democratic society.

She first joined Liberty as In-House Counsel on 10 September 2001. She became heavily involved in its engagement with the 'War on Terror' and with the defence and promotion of human rights values in Parliament, the Courts and wider society.

Shami, who is also Chancellor of Oxford Brookes University and Visiting Fellow of Nuffield College, additionally addressed a local audience at the LJMU 'Human Rights in the Age of Austerity' conference.

She commented on the issues being faced: "History demonstrates that our rights and freedoms are most vulnerable in times of austerity when populist politicians look for scapegoats and distractions. The irony is that some would rob us of our Human Rights Act at just the moment when we most need its protection."

Good Citizenship Awards were presented to a group of Year 11 students from Savio Salesian College (Dominic Cavanagh, Ellis McKeown, Dylan Brown, Jessica Miley, Abbie Clague, Paul McMullen, Adam Molloy, Hannah Johnson). They collected the award on behalf of a larger group who had designed BOB (Bat or Bird) which have separate entrances for bats and birds, and were given a Royal seal of approval by the Queen. The boxes are being used to house wildlife in the grounds of Buckingham Palace and have the approval of the Bat Conservation Trust and in a year netted £1,500 in sales, with a woodland enclosure at Knowsley Safari Park among their destinations. The pupils now plan to send a box as a gift to mark the imminent Royal wedding. The school have also branched out in marketing and selling trinkets made by young women in Kenya, the money being returned to them to invest in educational projects.

Mr Burrowes, a teacher at Savio Salesian College, told the Liverpool Echo: "It has been hugely rewarding for the pupils and to get such a glowing letter from the Queen really motivated them."

For more information about ordering the boxes, email batorbirdbox@yahoo.com

 You can download an audio file of the Lecture at http://www.ljmu.ac.uk/roscoe/97603.htm

Savio Salesian College students with Lord David Alton, Sir Bert Massie CBE, Shami Chakrabarti CBE and LJMU Vice-Chancellor Professor Michael Brown CBE DL Savio Salesian College students with Lord David Alton, Sir Bert Massie CBE, Shami Chakrabarti CBE and LJMU Vice-Chancellor Professor Michael Brown CBE DL



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