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Last Updated: Wednesday, 15 March 2006, 06:30 GMT
Annie Lennox in human rights plea
Annie Lennox
Annie Lennox will attend a human rights festival in Oxford
Singer Annie Lennox is to attend a university's annual human rights festival which aims to raise awareness about violations around the world.

Now in its fourth year, The Oxford Brookes Human Rights Film Festival was set up by Humanitarian and Development Practice MA post-graduate students.

More than a dozen films will be screened over 12 days. This year's themes include children's human rights.

Ms Lennox is currently an ambassador for Nelson Mandela's HIV/AIDS campaign.

Humanitarian aid workers

The event will showcase "the diversity of contemporary film making around the work that touches on human rights issues".

Ms Lennox, now a patron of the MA in Humanitarian and Development Practice, is expected to attend the screening of the film "Yesterday".

The film tells the story of a young Zulu woman with HIV trying to cope with being a single mother.

The former Eurythmics star performed at last summer's Live 8 concert.

The Centre for Development and Emergency Practice - where the MA students are based - was awarded the Queen's Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education in 2001, for its "pioneering education and training for humanitarian aid workers".

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