2011 Annual Human Rights Lecture in Wales

Wales Commissioner Ann Beynon has chaired the 2011 Annual Human Rights Lecture at the iconic Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff.

Speaking to almost 80 guests, she described what role the Commission plays in modern society and how human rights arent new in Wales.

As early as 950, the Welsh ruler Hywel Dda or Hywel the Good championed compassion rather than punishment, the use of plenty of common sense and respect towards women. Ann also spoke about how human rights are for everyone.

The annual lecture guest speaker was Dame Anne Owers, the Chair of Clinks which supports voluntary sector organisations working with offenders and their families.

Prior to this role she was:

  • Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Prisons
  • Director of Justice where she set up the Criminal Cases Review Commission
  • and General Secretary of the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants.

Awarded the CBE in 2000 for her work in human rights, Anne Owers became a Dame in the Queens New Year Honours list 2008 in recognition of her services to the Criminal Justice System.

During the lecture Dame Owers spoke her life and work, and about how important human rights are in todays world, particularly regarding offender rehabilitation.

Statistics about the prison population show that:

  • 15% of prisoners report a disability
  • A quarter of newly-sentenced prisoners reported a long-standing physical disorder or disability
  • 20-30% of prisoners have learning difficulties
  • Three quarters of prisoners have at least one mental health condition
  • Over half of women in prison have experienced violence, and one in three have experienced sexual abuse
  • One in four women in prison have spent time in local authority care as a child.

Read more about Clinks.

Last Updated: 24 Mar 2011