The Northern Ireland human rights commision

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The Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission is to host a major international conference on human rights and culture in Derry, starting tomorrow, Monday.

Looking ahead to the one day symposium featuring some key international figures in human rights will take place at Magee’s Great Hall tomorrow, NIHRC Chief Commissioner, Professor Michael O’Flaherty, said: “The Commission is pleased to be playing its part in the City of Culture activities.

“We will host a world class gathering of experts on the human right to culture, including the top UN specialist on the topic, Farida Shaheed.

“The focus of the event will be on the challenges of protecting and promoting our right to culture in the particular context of societies emerging from conflict.

“Themes to be discussed include how we teach history and memorialise our past.

“Speakers will also explore the role of art and culture in promoting reconciliation.

“During their stay in Derry the experts will adopt a set of recommendations that will be tabled at the United Nations.”

Professor O’Flaherty added: “Derry, City of Culture is providing an opportunity for us all to recall how fundamental questions of culture are to our personal and shared identities.

“It is by knowing and celebrating who we are and where we have come from and by cherishing the diversity of those histories and stories that we ensure a strong thriving community.

“That is why culture is considered a legally binding human right.”