Hull follows its 'speak up' tradition

Hull University history students displayed an exhibit on genocide as part of the city's HMD efforts.

Their project includes insights into human rights violations from the concentration camps of the Boer War to more recent genocides, and follows the Speak Up, Speak Out theme of this year's commemoration.

Second-year student James Selway has written to David Cameron urging the government to do more to tackle genocide. "If we ever want to break the cycle of genocide, then it is imperative we intervene and learn from the past," he said.

Dr Nicholas Evans of the university's Wilberforce Institute for the study of slavery and emancipation guided the students through their three-month project.

He said: "Hull is often associated with campaigns to eradicate social injustice and racial discrimination. It is vital that young people stand up against campus-based prejudice and human rights violations that blight the lives of millions of people around the world."

The exhibition was displayed at the entrance of Hull's Guildhall on Holocaust Memorial Day as members of the public heard survivor Eugene Black talk about his experience of Auschwitz.

Hull History Centre will host the exhibit until the end of February.

Last updated: 11:33am, February 9 2012