The Northern Ireland human rights Commission has organised a one day conference in the Waterfront on 16 September.� The title of the conference is The Future of human Rights in the UK.� It will focus on four themese 1 The human Righrs Act 1998 2 Rights and Responsibilities 3 Regionalism and Bills of Rights and 4 Economic and Social Rights.

A Northern Ireland Bill of Rights and an emphasis on economic and social rights are ongoing priorities for the NIHRC and it is not surprising that they feature on the programme.� However it is disappointing that there is no mention of cultural rights.� This is an aspect of human rights that has a particular relevance in Northern Ireland, especially in relation to areas such as education, museums and cultural infrastructure.