Film Synopsis: 17 years ago, Aamer Anwar, was beaten up by the police and told, “This is what happens to black boys with big mouths.” Aamer took on the police and judiciary in a private prosecution and won his case. 17 years later and Aamer, now one of Scotland’s leading human rights lawyers, is in trouble for speaking out on behalf of his client, Atif Siddique in Scotland’s first Islamist terrorist trial. He is the first solicitor in the UK to ever be charged with Contempt of Court. If found guilty, the case could have serious implications for all legal representatives, and also for anyone for anyone who speaks out against the state.



Workshop Objectives:

To introduce participants to Article 19 of the UDHR and Article 10 of the ECHR.

To introduce participants to the fundamental role of The Right to Freedom of Expression within a democratic society.

To encourage open and reflective participant-led discussion on the nature of The Right to Freedom of Expression, its limitations, and the role of censorship.

To encourage participants to think critically about the internet in relation to The Right to Freedom of Expression, including how respect for this right differs around the world.

The Right to Freedom

of Expression

Directed by Doug Aubrey

Article 19 of The Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek,receive and impart information and ideas through any media regardless of frontiers.

Article 10 of The European Convention on Human Rights

Everyone has the right to freedom of expression. This right shall include freedom to hold opinions and to receive and impart information and ideas without interference by public authority regardless of frontiers…

Learning Through Film:

Human Rights in Scotland

Film Menu:
The Right to Life 
The Right to Freedom of Assembly 
The Right to Asylum 
The Right to Freedom of Expression 
The Right to a Fair Trial 
The Right Not to be Tortured 
The Right to Liberty 
The Right to Privacy 
The Right Not to be Enslaved 
The Right to Freedom of Thought



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