PEMBROKESHIRE People First (PFF) welcomed the 2014 UK Human Rights Tour to Haverfordwest last week.

Presented by the British Institute of Human Rights (BIHR), the Tour provides a chance to discuss and debate human rights issues, and shine a spotlight on what human rights mean for us all.

2014 marks the fourth year the BIHR has run the successful tour, which travels across the UK holding free, pop-up events.

The events feature a mix of presentations, discussions and interactive sessions. They are hosted by voluntary groups and public sector partners who have invited BIHR to visit.

PPF and BIHR worked together to ensure the Haverfordwest “pop-up” event had a real local flavour, exploring a range of human rights issues such disability and health and social care with a packed audience including police officers, mental health practitioners, doctors and workers from voluntary and community groups.

"The Human Rights Act is central to the work of PFF, in protecting our members, engaging in positive dialogue with decision makers, and ensuring the vulnerable can take their full and rightful place in our community,” said Karen Chandler, Project Coordinator at PFF. “We are delighted to have welcomed the UK's leading Human Rights Charity, BIHR, to West Wales to spread this message.”

Sanchita Hosali, Deputy Director of the BIHR, said:

“It’s all too easy to get distracted by the noise surrounding human rights, with little opportunity to reflect on why we have them, and what human rights mean for us today. The tour takes this conversation out of the Westminster bubble and into the heart of our communities.

“There is in fact a huge appetite to talk about what human rights mean here at home, and how human rights can empower us all in our everyday lives.”

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