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Am I not a man and a brother

The Wilberforce Lecture Trust celebrates the historic role of Kingston upon Hull in combating the abuse of Human Rights personified in the work of the abolitionist William Wilberforce.

The presentation of the Wilberforce Medallion is given to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the furtherance of human rights and democracy.

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2017 | Kofi Annan Freedom in the 21st Century

2017 | Fr Timothy Radcliffe O.P Learning Hope - Lessons from the Frontline with Isis

2016 | Luke Harding Mafia State Inside Vladimir Putin’s Russia

2013 | Geoffrey Robertson QC Commemorating 50 years of Amnesty International

2010 | Shami Chakrabarti, Director of Liberty Common Values: the Defence for Rights and Freedoms in Britain

2008 | Rt. Hon David Miliband M.P., Secretary of State for Foreign & Commonwealth Affairs Order & Freedom in the 21st Century

2008 | Bernard O'Hear China: The Year Of The Human Rights Olympics

2007 | Dr John Tucker Mugabi Sentamu - Archbishop of York FREEDOM IS COMING! OH! YES I KNOW!

2007 | Dr The Honourable Navinchandra Ramgoolam Abolition of Slavery and its Legacy in Mauritius

2007 | Rowan Williams - Archbishop of Canterbury Freedom and Slavery

2007 | Owen Seymour Arthur - Prime Minister of Barbados The Impact of Slavery Today

2007 | Archbishop Fitzgerald The Interface Between Islam and Christianity

2005 | George Coleridge Taylor Challenges Confronting Democracy in Africa

2004 | Clare Short Rethinking the War on Terror

2002 | Dr Hanan Ashwari The Prospect of Peace and Emerging Global Realities

1999 | Archbishop Desmond Tutu Jubilee 2000

1998 | George Foulkes Sierra Leone

1997 | Wole Soyinka Ogoni People, Nigeria

1996 | Zunetta Lidell Burma / Myanmar

1995 | Hugh O'Shaunessey Indonesia / East Timor

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Hull is home to the annual Wilberforce Public Lectures which are delivered by significant international figures on the general themes of freedom, democracy and human rights.

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Am I not a man and a brother