The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission Designate and the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission invite you to a conference to highlight the importance of human rights in combating poverty and social inequality:

A Human Rights Approach to Tackling Poverty and Social Inequality - An All Island Perspective

9.30am to 4pm, Friday, 16 May 2014
Canal Court Hotel, Newry, Northern Ireland

Guest Speakers include

  • Lauri Sivonen, Office of the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights
  • Professor Aoife Nolan, School of Law, University of Nottingham
  • Nicola Browne, Participation and Practice of Rights Project, Belfast
  • Diana Skelton, ATD 4th World
  • Michelle Murphy, Social Justice Ireland
  • Paul MacFlynn, Nevin Economic and Research Institute
  • Grainia Long, Chartered Institute of Housing, Northern Ireland
  • Paul Joyce, Free Legal Advice Centres (FLAC)
  • Bob Jordan, Threshold
  • Sinead Keenan, Healthy Food for All Initiative
  • John Mark McCafferty, Saint Vincent De Paul


  • Protecting Human Rights in Times of Crisis – What does that require?
  • Nature and Experience of Poverty and Social Inequality on the island of Ireland
  • Impact of Austerity on Vulnerable Groups
  • Focus on Food Poverty, Inadequate Housing, Debt and role of the Business/Financial sector
  • Applying human rights standards and approaches to tackle poverty and social inequality

Please RSVP to Karine Petrasuc, IHRC, Tel: 01 8589601,  Email: