Historic York document goes on show to mark Human Rights Day

Philip Newton, communities engagement researcher at York Castle Museum, holding the declaration. Photographs: Richard McDougall

The historic declaration which made York the UK’s first Human Rights City has gone on show at York Castle Museum to mark Human Rights Day (Tuesday December 10)

The declaration, which was signed by all four leading political parties in York in 2017, is on public display for the first time.

Castle Museum community engagement eesearcher Philip Newton said:

  • This year Human Rights Day marks the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a hugely significant document which has changed the lives of millions of people around the world.

    We wanted to mark this day and also celebrate York’s ground-breaking step to become the UK’s first Human Rights City.

Two talks

The document in close-up
There will also be two talks by members of York Human Rights City taking place at 11am and 2pm at York Castle Museum.

The talks themselves are free with no need to book in advance, but are included in the admission price. The talks will discuss the importance of the declaration and the positive affect it has had on the city as well as wider issues.

York is one of over 100 Human Rights Cities globally and seven currently in Europe.

The York Human Rights City Network includes representatives of statutory agencies and academic institutions. It reports annually on five human rights, identified as priorities for York as part of the participatory approach that underpins its activities.

These rights are:

  • education
  • housing
  • a decent standard of living
  • health and social care
  • equality
  • and non-discrimination.

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