International Human Rights Day 2011

Saturday December 10th is International Human Rights Day, marking the 63rd anniversary of the creation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

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Liberty celebrates schools competition winners

06 December 2011

In celebration of International Human Rights Day on 10th December, Liberty today held a prize-giving ceremony for its Write Human Rights schools competition. The nationwide competition, launched last year, asked entrants to write a short piece of poetry or prose inspired by any or all of the Articles within the Human Rights Act.

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>Write Human Rights Judges

Competition Judges

Ali Smith

Smith is a writer of novels, short stories, plays, and criticism. Her last
novel, The Accidental, won the Whitbread Novel Award in 2005 and was
shortlisted for both the Man Booker Prize and the Orange Prize for Fiction. Her
new novel, There but for the, is published by Hamish Hamilton. She lives
in Cambridge.

Anthony Horowitz

Horowitz is probably one of the most prolific and successful writers this
country has – and is unique for working across so many media. Anthony has written over 50 books including the best
selling teen spy series Alex
Rider and
been commissioned by the Conan Doyle Estate and Orion Books to write a
new Sherlock Holmes novel. Anthony is also responsible for creating and /
or writing
some of the UK’s most beloved and successful television series including
Foyle's War, Collision, and Injustice.

Georgia Byng

Byng is a British author of children's books and a former actress. Her first
writing was for a comic strip, and her first published book was The Sock
Monsters. Byng's best known work is Molly Moon's Incredible Book of Hypnotism
and its sequels, about a girl who finds a book about hypnotism and learns how to
hypnotize people. Georgia's first published item was a
comic strip for kids from the age of five to seven.

Simon Prosser

 Simon Prosser has worked at Penguin since 1997, and, as Publishing
Director of Hamish Hamilton, his list includes Zadie Smith, Dave Eggers,
Mohsin Hamid, Ali Smith, Jonathan Safran Foer, Kiran Desai, Alain de
Botton, John Updike, Noam Chomsky, Susan Sontag, Robin Yassin-Kassab and
Iain Sinclair. Simon is also a founder and Co-Director of the annual
Port Eliot Festival and the publisher of the monthly literary
magazine Five Dials.

Shami Chakrabarti

 Director of Liberty.

Celebrate Human Rights Day

Today is Human Rights Day - a date that Liberty always looks forward to celebrating at the start of the festive season. This year not only are we launching a competition for school children across the country but we’re also releasing an engaging new cinema advert promoting our Common Values campaign.

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