The Dubs Lecture, with Peter Tatchell
“Don't accept the world as it is. Dream of how it could be and then make it happen.” These were the closing words from human rights activist, Peter Tatchell, the guest speaker at this year’s poignant and hard-hitting Dubs Lecture.
Peter’s lecture, ‘Human Rights Law: Great in Theory, Not so Good in Practice’ touched on just some of Peter’s previous campaigns and the current abuses of human rights which exist in today’s society.
From a detailed account of his citizen’s arrest of President Mugabe to an outline of the need for a new international human rights convention and “to create a global consciousness”, Peter offered thought-provoking food for thought to parents, students, staff and Old Waconians.
The Dubs Lecture, named after the well-respected peer and Old Waconian, Lord Alf Dubs (Class of 1951) was this year introduced by Upper Sixth student, Charlotte Mulhearn. Charlotte gave a fitting tribute to Lord Dubs and introduced Peter Tatchell as an ideal speaker for the Lecutre; someone who mirrors Lord Dubs’s philosophies in seeking to “enshrine the principals of freedom and liberty.”