Human Rights Day is observed every year on 10 December — the day the United Nations General Assembly adopted, in 1948, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR)

  • Human rights are relevant to all of us, every day
  • Our shared humanity is rooted in these universal values
  • Equality, justice and freedom prevent violence and sustain peace
  • Whenever and wherever humanity’s values are abandoned, we all are at greater risk
  • The Universal Declaration of Human Rights empowers us all
  • We need to stand up for our rights and those of others

In 2019 on this day Patrick Reilly represented Pavee Point at the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Issues Affecting Travellers and spoke about the impact of an 80% unemployment rate on Travellers. This Committee of TDs and Senators will report to the relevant Ministers.

Patrick Reilly

At the same time Pavee Point participated in a consultation on combating Hate Speech with the Department of Justice and Equality. This is with a view to better laws on hate speech and hate crime being introduced in 2020.

Tessa Collins and Martin Collins

And at Finglas Library – Pavee Roads Home – a family history project went on display. This project makes Traveller culture and history visible by retracing Traveller steps to Dublin city using personal histories and mapping traditional camps.

Michael Collins with staff from Maynooth University Geography Department

The 10 December also marks the end of the #16DaysofAction against Domestic Violence. During the 16 Days Pavee Point ran a Safety Pocket worshop based around the Traveller Beady Pocket.

Service providers and Traveller women discussed different issues and it proved a valuable learning opportunity for both groups.