On Friday June 2nd, the Faculty of Law sponsored The Human Rights Arts & Film Festival. The event was a great success with over 100 people attending the film, Constance on the Edge. The Law Faculty is a strong supporter of the event and law student volunteers helped out on the night.
It was a busy and well attended evening, with the pre-film reception and a follow up panel. Many community groups had information tables during the pre-film reception, including Tasmania University Law Society (TULS).
The night started with a welcome to country by Aunty Brenda, one of the Elders in Residence at UTAS. This was followed by announcements of the opening of the Human Rights Champions Awards and the launch of the Tasmanian Human Rights Act campaign.
The following panel event was well attended, the Q & A produced lots of engaging stories about local projects to welcome people as well as a good discussion on the need for more local human rights protections.
The panelists were Robin Banks, former Tasmanian Anti Discrimination Commissioner; Asif Akbari from the Red Cross; Helen Hortle creator of a Fairer World; and Owen Tilbury, co-founder of Breathe Of Fresh Air Film festival.