Film Synopsis: In January 1987, Scottish born Kenny Richey was sentenced to the electric chair in the USA. Several years later, when new legislation blocked the use of the electric chair, making injections the State’s only form of execution, he was sentenced to receive a lethal injection.

Thirteen dates were set for Richey’s execution, but each time the dates were postponed. Throughout this period Kenny always maintained his innocence. In 2008 he was released. Through the use of archive, the film recounts the historical, cultural and political events that Richey missed while in prison.



Workshop Objectives:

To introduce participants to Article 3 of the UDHR and Article 5 of the ECHR.

To encourage participants to discuss ideas of what constitutes liberty for them, and the limits of this liberty in modern society.

To highlight the consequences of losing one’s liberty, as well as the possible sources of this loss.

To facilitate a large group discussion on the relationship between Human Rights and the death penalty.

The Right to Liberty

Directed by  Irvine Welsh and Mark Cousins

Article 3 of The Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person


Article 5 of The European Convention on Human Rights

Everyone has the right to liberty and security of person

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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