The Human Rights Research and Education Centre Director and Assistant Director, John Packer and Viviana Fernandez, attended the Association of Human Rights Institutes (AHRI) 2018 Annual Conference representing the HRREC. The event took place in Edinburgh, Scotland, between September 6 and 8, and the program was organized with the theme “Renewing Rights in Times of Transition: 70 Years of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights”.
The Association welcomed 9 new academic institutions from around the world, bringing total membership to 70 institutions representing thousands of Human Rights scholars. HRREC joined AHRI in 2014, becoming the 50th member institution and the first in the Americas.
At the Annual Conference, the Association issued a declaration calling for “firm and unreserved human rights engagement in times of turmoil”. The group stressed the “need to confront and to respond to the wave of racism, populism and violent language … in politics, the media and society." The conference marked the 70th anniversary of both the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the UN Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide.
Read the AHRI’s Edinburgh Declaration: Renewing our Commitment to Human Rights in English below (other translations are available on the AHRI website).