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​​LIT Tipperary Students Meet Human Rights Defenders

Thirty three staff and Students of LIT Tipperary were in Strasbourg last November as guests of the European Parliaments Human Rights committee. The group drawn from third and forth year Social and Community Studies in Thurles spent three days in the French city. They were given a seminar on the European Parliament however the main purpose of the visit was to attend a workshop with Human Rights defenders from across the world. They met students involved in the pro-democracy movement in Ukraine and a young woman pleading for the lives of her imprisoned parents in Azerbaijan.

However the most heart wrenching and inspiring words came from Dr Denis Mukwege, a doctor from the Congo who has dedicated his life to treating women who are victims of the brutal conflict in the east of his country. Dr Mukwege was in Strasbourg to receive the Sakharov Prize for freedom of speech and the Tipperary students were part of a delegation of young people invited to meet with him and other nominees.

He told the group that it was the womens’ courage and stories of recovery that kept him motivated. All present felt honoured to be invited to such a prestigious event and urged everybody to remember those struggling against injustice. For more information on the groups visit: Social Community Studies facebook page at LIT


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