On the 23rd of November 2016, the launch event for BPP University Amnesty International was held at the Waterloo campus. Our aim was to introduce the society to fellow students – mainly what it does, upcoming activities on campus and opportunities for BPP students to get involved with human rights work. As a student body for one of the most renowned NGOs in the world, we endeavour to promote Amnesty International’s campaigns in university and promote the importance of human rights in general.
In line with the human rights theme, we invited Henrietta Hill QC from Doughty Street Chambers as our guest speaker. She specialises in discrimination law, claims against the police, inquests and related public law work. Being one of the lawyers involved with the families of Hillsborough victims, she gave us an insight into the tragedy with her presentation, titled Legal Lessons from Hillsborough. It was a very engaging session – apart from Hillsborough, she also educated the students about inquests and the need to save the Human Rights Act. The proposed scrapping of the Act means that this topic is of utmost relevance. The Hillsborough disaster was a particular eye-opener – the Act helped uncover the truth about how it happened, even if it took 27 years to do so.
The turnout of this event showed that BPP students do have an interest in protecting human rights. We appreciate the fact that many students took the initiative to attend our first event. Please continue to support us and do get in touch if you ever want to get involved.