Preet Kaur Gill MP was invited to be the guest speaker at a Christmas Carol event in Birmingham, organised by local branches of Amnesty UK and Freedom from Torture, and in celebration of Human Rights Day - coinciding with the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
During her speech, Preet said:
"In my role as Shadow Minister for International Development and an MP for Edgbaston I have tried to build on my experiences as a Councillor and social worker, campaigning for human rights, fighting for gender equality and supporting efforts to empower people in the UK and abroad. I have fought against the government’s side-lining of human rights when it conflicts with their other agendas and called for more transparency in the way Overseas Development Aid is spent.
Human Rights are not just about freedom from, but also the freedom to. People’s basic needs must be met but we must also develop a system and structure that is supportive and enabling; allowing people to reach for and achieve their potential. In Labour’s ‘A World for the Many not the Few’ which we published earlier this year, we set out a form of development which seeks to address these problems by tackling the systemic issues."