Small Places, Close to Home – Radio Programme about Human Rights in the Community

‘Small Places, Close to Home’ is a radio programme examining how community groups and voluntary sector organisations can contribute to public understandings of human rights in the UK. It features interviews with representatives from Brighton-based organisations, ‘Age UK Brighton and Hove’ and ‘Assert’ and national organisation, the ‘British Institute of Human Rights’. The title of the programme comes from a quote from Eleanor Roosevelt, who helped draft the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The complete quote goes as follows:

‘Where, after all, do universal human rights begin? In small places, close to home – so close and so small that they cannot be seen on any maps of the world. Yet they are the world of the individual person; the neighborhood he lives in; the school or college he attends; the factory, farm, or office where he works. Such are the places where every man, woman, and child seeks equal justice, equal opportunity, equal dignity without discrimination. Unless these rights have meaning there, they have little meaning anywhere. Without concerted citizen action to uphold them close to home, we shall look in vain for progress in the larger world.’

The programme will be broadcast on Wednesday 15th May 2013, between 11am and 12pm (repeated between 11pm and midnight) on Radio Free Brighton. Click here to listen. The 10 minute version will be broadcast on Sunday 19th May, between 5 and 6pm on Radio Reverb (with two repeats the following week). Click here to listen.

Click here to download the 10 minute summary.

Click here to download the full 30 minute programme. Both files are in mp3 format.


Freya Lyte