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Human Rights

A view of Swansea looking down from Mount Pleasant towards the Meridian Tower, the Bay, and the Mumbles.

The University of Wales Trinity Saint David is committed to protecting and promoting human rights. The University is proud to support the City of Swansea in raising awareness of human rights to all people across the city.

This support includes supporting the distribution of a new guide to human rights, which aims to show why they are important to the everyday lives of people in Swansea. PDF versions of the guides can be downloaded from the council website.

Swansea’s declared ambition to become a Human Rights City is shared by the University and other key organisations such as the police, health board, fire service, and voluntary groups as well as businesses and residents across the city. 

The City has identified a number of priorities including:

  • Tackling poverty
  • Supporting vulnerable children and families
  • Tackling discrimination
  • Tackling domestic abuse and violence
  • Raising awareness of human rights

Vice-Chancellor, Professor Medwin Hughes said:

"The University of Wales Trinity Saint David supports Swansea’s vision of becoming a Human Rights City and its ambition to create a city where everyone is equal. Empowering people to understand their rights and respect the rights of others is fundamental to a civil society. They align to the values of the University where we wish to empower individuals by removing barriers to participation and supporting people from all backgrounds and circumstances to fulfil their potential."

The Vice Chancellor stands next to an elaborate large document setting out vision of Swansea as a Human Rights City.

Becoming a Human Rights City

In the eighty or so years since U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s speech on January 6, 1941 in which he articulated ‘the Four Freedoms’, the world has changed beyond recognition but today in many parts of our world those fundamental freedoms are under threat. In his address Roosevelt proposed four fundamental freedoms that people “everywhere in the world” ought to enjoy:

  1. Freedom of speech
  2. Freedom of worship
  3. Freedom from want
  4. Freedom from fear

Eight decades on and the City of Swansea is aiming to become Wales’ first Human Rights City. Professor Ian Walsh, Provost of the Swansea campus at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) adds: 

"UWTSD is proud to support Swansea's ambition to become a Human Rights City. The priorities identified will be a huge leap forward in tacking social inequality and deprivation for the most vulnerable in our city. Swansea is a wonderful place to live, work and study. Becoming a Human Rights City will add to its reputation as an equitable and inclusive community."

Support Swansea in becoming Wales' first Human Rights City. Make your Human Rights pledge today:

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