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On Friday 1st March 2013 out-of-work people from Belfast met in the Golden Thread Gallery as part of PPR's Right to Work: Right to Welfare campaign and selected human rights indicators and benchmarks to monitor whether government is progressively realising people's right to work and right to welfare over the next twelve months.

The group is using PPR’s human rights based approach, which was recently cited by the United Nations as a best practice example of claiming rights and holding states accountable to their obligations.

The group's human rights indicators and benchmarks will be launched on Monday 25th March, and will be capable of assessing at a local level how well the NI Executive and relevant service delivery agencies are meeting their human rights obligations.

Since the summer of 2012 over 200 out-of-work people in Belfast have taken part in human rights workshops and creative artwork, harnessing the experiences and expertise of unemployed people.

The latest official government statistics cite North and West Belfast as having among the highest rates of unemployment across the UK.

Against this backdrop, the Right to Work: Right to Welfare group have collected concrete evidence on the ground of unemployment, training/back to work programmes, and the benefits system.

Their research lays bare the true impact of the NI Executive’s job creation strategy and welfare cuts programme.

The Right to Work: Right to Welfare human rights indicators will be launched alongside a unique art exhibition which captures the experience of those directly affected by the issue.

The human rights indicators and exhibition will be launched on Monday 25 March 2013, 12-2pm Golden Thread Gallery, Great Patrick Street, Belfast, BT1 2LU. To register online, click here.