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Protecting the Protectors

This workshop, organised by FoE NI and EJNI will bring together activists, journalists and human rights/environmental justice groups. The event will explore ways in which we can protect those who protect us all. As well as local voices, we will also hear testimony from Lakota Standing Rock Water Protectors and those opposed to the criminalisation of public protest in the UK.

25 years after the Good Friday Agreement we do not have effective environmental protections. This not only puts communities at risk of pollution but exposes individuals to intimidation by developers and the gangs that are responsible for environmental crime. Policing is perceived to be taking the side of corporate interests . Even if a case gets to a court the sanctions are often meaningless.

This event will be a series of short presentations with group discussion. With voices and ideas from elsewhere we want to invite others into this conversation and come up with ideas for how we take this work forward.


1.30 pm: – Refreshments

1.45pm: – Workshop

4pm: – Finish – followed by an early supper for making connections (supplied by EJNI)

Participating with 5 minute presentations will be: –

Human Rights organisations
Lakota Standing Rock Water Protectors
Friends of the Earth
Local Campaigners
You are invited to stay after supper for a showing of EJNI’s new film ‘Rights of Nature Ireland: the Movement’, beginning at 5pm and followed by a Q&A with the film directors. A separate booking is required – reserve your place here: Film Showing ‘Rights of Nature Ireland: The Movement’

Ormeau Baths Gallery 18 Ormeau Avenue Belfast BT2 8HS
Admission is free.

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