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Human Rights Forum

November 22, 2018

Rape, torture, beatings and killings were some of the stories that were told on Wednesday night, 21 November, at a Human Rights Forum hosted by Fowler MP, Chris Hayes.

More than 150 people packed the room to listen to Chris Hayes and representatives from OXFAM, Amnesty International, ActionAid, and a judicial officer and prominent human rights advocate, discuss these worldwide, distressing situations.

The human rights violations currently occurring in many countries such as Vietnam, Cambodia, Philippines, Myanmar and China were discussed.

Some of the stories were painful as they referred directly to friends and relatives in these countries.

It was also an opportunity for the human rights agencies attending to talk about the work they are currently doing.

“It was great to see such a large cross section of the community come together to share their stories, to ask questions, and interact with other community groups.”

“Members of the Cambodian, Uyghur, Vietnamese, and Bangladesh communities made up a large part of the crowd attending.”

“It was hard not to be affected by many of the stories that were discussed at this forum, they were real, happening now, and we cannot turn a blind eye as they are impacting on members of our community.”

“As an active member of the international community, we have a moral, if not legal responsibility, to do all that we can to encourage countries in our region to adhere to their human rights obligations.”

“Silence is not an option when the rule of law is being undermined, because the first casualty is always human rights,” Chris Hayes said.