Join the LCHR Committee!

Job Details

The Labour Campaign for Human Rights (LCHR) is an organisation that promotes human rights within the Labour Party. Our activities include:

  • Discussion: LCHR serves as a forum and platform for Labour members and others who have an interest in human rights. We foster dialogue between civil society, academia, the public, and the Labour Party on human rights issues.
  • Advocacy: we engage with Labour Party policy and Labour politicians to ensure that human rights are at the heart of Labour’s foreign and domestic policy agendas.
  • Policy work: LCHR generates policy proposals for the Labour Party that ensure the protection and promotion of human rights.
  • Public, grassroots campaigning and awareness raising: we raise the profile of human rights issues within the party and the wider Labour movement.

LCHR is looking for three (3) new volunteers to help us run the organisation and our ongoing campaigns. The volunteers will join LCHR’s managing committee.

 

Job Title: Volunteers (x 3) – Partnerships & Fundraising (x 1), Campaigns (x 1) and Communications (x 1)

Working For: Labour Campaign for Human Rights

Location: London

Salary: Voluntary role (flexible hours)

 

Partnerships & Fundraising

Alongside a range of broader contributions to LCHR’s campaigns, specific responsibilities will include:

  • Developing LCHR’s fundraising & partnership strategy, and maintaining and enhancing the long-term durability of the Campaign;
  • Identifying and securing funding opportunities from a range of sources, including trusts and foundations, institutions and the corporate sector;

Ideal candidates will have:

  • Commercial Awareness and the ability to identify and seize opportunities;
  • Excellent relationship building and stakeholder management skills;
  • A keen interest in human rights and politics;
  • Excellent communication skills, including writing skills;
  • A good understanding of the Labour Party; and
  • Support the Labour Campaign for Human Rights and our mission.

 

Campaigns

Alongside a range of broader contributions to LCHR’s campaigns, specific responsibilities will include:

  • Writing articles and briefings;
  • Creating/editing digital content, including videos, to support our campaigns;

Ideal candidates will have:

  • Experience with inDesign or creating graphics;
  • Creating/editing video content;
  • A keen interest in human rights and politics;
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, including writing skills;
  • A good understanding of the Labour Party; and
  • Support the Labour Campaign for Human Rights and our mission.

 

Communications

Alongside a range of broader contributions to LCHR’s campaigns, specific responsibilities will include:

  • Creating/editing digital content to support our campaigns;
  • Producing a regular newsletter for our supporters; and
  • Helping run our social media channels;

Ideal candidate will have:

  • An interest in social media and/or experience in running a social media channel;
  • Experience using mailchimp;
  • A keen interest in human rights and politics;
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, including writing skills;
  • A good understanding of the Labour Party; and
  • Support the Labour Campaign for Human Rights and our mission.

 

Please indicate on your application, which role(s) you’re interested in.

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Hours are flexible and the role is primarily home-based, although candidates will ideally be based in London for meetings and events. Around 2-3 hours per week commitment is typical by not required.

We particularly encourage applications from women and BAME candidates.

 

Application Details

Please send a CV and short cover note to campaigns@lchr.org.uk

We will acknowledge every application, and will aim to contact successful applicants by Wednesday 8th May.

Interview Dates

Interviews will take place on Monday 13th and Tuesday 14th May.

LCHR on Venezuela: a man-made humanitarian and human rights catastrophe

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By Corinne Linnecar, Campaigns Officer

As the world divides over its support for the declared leaders of Venezuela, what is happening to its people?

Venezuela was once the richest country in Latin America. It is home to the largest known oil reserves in the world; more than Saudi Arabia. In 2013, it received an award from the UN for reducing hunger by half. Yet today, its simultaneous humanitarian and human rights crises have led to over 3 million people fleeing the country while those left within its borders face life-threatening conditions.

A rapidly deteriorating economy is set to see inflation rise to 10 million per cent in 2019. Even where food can be found, the prices have exceeded all realms of rationality, with one month’s salary now buying only 500g of oats, 24 eggs, or half a burger. The country is also severely lacking basic necessities and medicine. All of this has culminated in a humanitarian crisis, which is exacerbated by a repressive government that continues to crack down on dissenting voices.

Unlike many humanitarian crises in the world, Venezuela’s was not caused by war or natural disaster. This crisis is entirely man-made.

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Protests by parents must not be allowed to turn the clock back on LGBT rights

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This article was written by Peter Turay, Communications Officer at the Labour Campaign for Human Rights, and originally published in The Times on 21 March 2019.

Over the past few weeks Birmingham has seen angry protests by parents outside a school, armed with aggressive placards and a megaphone. You could be mistaken for thinking this was a scene from Westminster which is plagued with protesters, both Remain and Leave, shouting at MPs (and anyone else unfortunate enough to walk past).

Instead, this protest was held outside Parkfield Community School in Birmingham, which has drawn criticism from parents for the introduction of their “no outsiders” programme to the school’s curriculum. The programme aims to promote social cohesion, by teaching the children about equality and helping them learn to be tolerant of differences, including sexual orientation. Unfortunately, this has sparked anger among some parents and conservative religious groups in the local community.

 

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LCHR: Introducing ‘Britain and Her Allies’

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Last year was an important one for human rights. We saw the 20th anniversary of the Human Rights Act, and the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. These documents not only form the basis of human rights laws in the UK, which guarantee freedom from persecution, violence and oppression, but are essential components of our democracy. The Human Rights Act protects the fundamental rights of all British citizens – ranging from freedom of speech to freedom from torture – and is one of Labour’s proudest achievements.

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LCHR on Brazil: Bolsonaro poses a grave threat to human rights

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By Stephen Delahunty, Guest Writer 

As Brazil’s new right-wing populist leader, Jair Bolsonaro, was sworn in as the 42nd president on 1st January this year, he promised the country’s “liberation from socialism, inverted values, the bloated state and political correctness”.

By the following day, it was clear to see what the former military captain actually meant. The President had already named seven former military men to head key ministries, the largest number of military officers appointed to cabinet since the end of the country’s military dictatorship in 1985. While the number of ministries was reduced from 29 to 22, a move that saw the Ministry of Labour axed in a country where over 12 million people are out of a job.

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LCHR on the Bangladesh election: Sheikh Hasina tightens her iron grip on the country

2e6728caeb74475ebcd9e38c618758b8_18By Corinne Linnecar, Campaigns Officer

On Sunday 30th December Bangladesh’s incumbent Prime Minister, Sheikh Hasina, secured an unprecedented third term in office. The ruling Awami League and its alliance took 288 of the 300 seats, with some 100 million Bangladeshis voting in 40,000 polling stations across the country. Yet the results have been marred with widespread allegations of vote rigging, intimidation, and violence, including one horrendous story of a woman being gang raped for voting against the government.

With the Awami League taking 99.9% of the vote in some constituencies, the main opposition party has claimed the election was rigged and called for a re-run. Sheikh Hasina has rejected such claims, assigning her victory to the Bangladesh’s strong economic growth over the last ten years.

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