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16 September, 2000

Launch of the Human Rights Act

Prize-giving and conference10 - 11am, 2 October 2000, Church House, Westminster, London SW1

Jack Straw will present prizes to the winners of a UK wide creative competition for young people celebrating aspects of Human Rights, devised and organised by the Citizenship Foundation. Over 1,000 children from schools and youth clubs throughout the UK were involved in entries comprising board games, essays, photographs, plays, poetry, posters, sculpture, tapes, video and websites. Some of these will be displayed at the event. Canon have sponsored 20,000 worth of equipment as prizes. Three main prizes, value 5,000 each, will be awarded, one each in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, and six runners up prizes of 1,000. 29 finalists have been invited to attend a ceremony; launches in Wales and Northern Ireland will be linked simultaneously by video. Andrew Phillips, Lord Phillips of Sudbury, Chairman of the judging panel and the Citizenship Foundation said: 'October 2nd is a red-letter day, for we celebrate the start of the Human Rights Act. The many young people who entered the competition are plainly aware of what it means for rights, responsibilities and democratic values in the UK. The quality, enthusiasm and variety of response was heart warming. I have every hope that the values of good citizenship, which lie at the heart of the Human Rights Act, will in future be at the heart of our national life.' Share

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