Zoe Gardner, policy advisor for the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants, describes a “crisis” environment that has lead to over 1.2 million people living in the UK with no legal status. Victim to an inflexible and unforgiving immigration system, how did these people go from holding legal status to living in fear of deportation?
Iran’s presidential election on 18th June is considered one of the most remarkable political events this year, yet not one that brings much change for Iranians. Shiva Mahbobi, human rights defender and former Iranian prisoner, Farian Sabahi, journalist and professor, and Mehdi Kouhestani, labour activist, discuss the impact of this election on human rights in the country and beyond.
Human Rights activist and former Iranian prisoner, Shiva Mahbobi discusses the implications of the Iranian presidential election.
Yonah Diamond, legal counsel at the Raoul Wallenberg Centre for Human Rights worked in collaboration with The Newlines Institute for Strategy and Policy and over 50 international experts on a report to identify if China bears State responsibility for committing genocide against Uyghurs, in breach of the 1948 Genocide Convention.
Turkish Ph.D. student and Canadian resident Cihan Erdal was arrested in Turkey on September 25, 2020. Turkish authorities accused him of inciting violence during the Kobane protests which took place in 2014.
This webinar in collaboration with EILCO seeks to examine how the Ethiopian government can protect media independence and what the role of the international community is in supporting the recovery of media freedom in the country.
Millions of Muslims around the world observe the month of Ramadan by fasting, praying and giving to charity. Abdulrhman explores all the ways Muslims in the UK and around the world celebrate the Holy month and how these have changed recently.
Yemen is the world’s most contaminated country. The laying of over 1 million mines near hospitals, schools, local villages and in farmland has prevented thousands of people from playing, going to school, make a living and plant crops.
The UK government is planning to cut humanitarian aid in Yemen by more than half. Yemen is currently the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, with more than two-thirds of the population – or over 24 million people, depending on humanitarian assistance to survive.
At only 21 years old Shamima Begum wears many labels: ISIS Bride, mother, future terrorist, child trafficked victim, stateless, citizenship stripped. She has lost her passport, her husband and children, her freedom and any path to rehabilitation. Have we lost our humanity?
The fifth webinar in collaboration with the Turkey Tribunal discusses the Tribunal’s latest report on Access to Justice in Turkey Today.
As The Guardian reports, more than 6,500 migrants have lost their lives in Qatar while working behind the scenes of the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Nepal-based journalist Pete Pattisson has been investigating migrant workers’ conditions for many years. IOHR interviewed him at the Oslo Freedom Forum in 2019.
The fourth webinar in collaboration with the Turkey Tribunal discusses the degree of freedom of the press and freedom of expression in Turkey. The discussion is based on the Tribunal’s latest report “Press Freedom in Turkey Today”.
There are a lot of misconceptions about the Covid vaccine, and it’s important to have all the correct information before getting vaccinated. To learn more about it, Abdulrhman speaks to Shilpa Patel, who is a vaccination co-ordinator in Brighton Health and Wellbeing Centre.
Forensic physician and human rights defender Şebnem Korur Fincancı, journalists Erol Önderoğlu and Ahmet Nesin are once again on trial in Turkey facing charges of “propagandizing for a terrorist organization”, and “openly inciting to commit crimes” simply for supporting press freedom. Sebnem joined IOHR at the UN in 2020 to speak about her work with victims of torture in Turkey.
On private diplomacy tables, Iran plays by murky rules. Since 2015, the Iranian regime has detained at least 30 individuals with foreign ties for use as leverage. Testimonies by victims and their families reveal what really happens behind closed doors and prison bars. Nizar Zakka, Ana Diamond and Xiyue Wang tell how they were suddenly detained.
Organised in collaboration with the Turkey Tribunal, this webinar considered the state of impunity in Turkey. The speakers discussed Turkey’s disturbing human rights record, specifically the arbitrary imprisonment of political figures, journalists and activists.
Tuncer Çetinkaya, a former reporter for the shuttered outlets Zaman newspaper and Cihan News Agency, was one of the journalists arrested following the July 2016 coup attempt in Turkey. While in prison, he was a victim of torture and was denied medical care for his kidney disease.
Teferi, a 22-year-old young man, has become an admired entrepreneur in the village of Hadnet, Ethiopia. He is a beneficiary of BEE-LIEVE, a project funded by the EU and Oxfam to help 12,000 women and landless youth become professional beekeepers.
95% of Turkish media are directly or indirectly controlled by the government. As one of the very few independent news organisations, Ahval’s motto is “Nothing but the truth.”
At the time she was arrested, Irfan’s sister Halime Gülsu was suffering from SLE, a life-threatening disease which requires daily medication. During her time in prison, she was denied access to her medication and was refused any medical attention. Her health rapidly deteriorated and she passed away two months later. Her brother Irfan Gülsu tells her story and demands justice for his family.
The second webinar organised in collaboration with the Turkey Tribunal brings together experts to discuss the Tribunal’s latest report on the State of Abduction in Turkey Today.
As a human rights defender and lawyer, Eren Keskin is currently fighting for the rights of Kurdish people, the LGBT community and women in Turkey. Over the past thirty years, she was arrested, jailed and suffered two gun attacks.
The Brexit transition period ends on the 31st of December 2020, but many questions remain unanswered for the EU citizens living in the UK. Alexandra Bulat, Young Europeans Network manager of the 3 Million Movement, shines a light on the main issues regarding their rights.
Since the coup attempt in 2016, the Turkish government has engaged in a systematic crackdown on political opponents. Among them are the representatives of the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP). Former HDP MP Demir Çelik explains what Erdogan’s government is trying to achieve by removing HDP mayors from their positions and arresting this party’s representatives.
Following the coup attempt in 2016, the Turkish government purged 4,500 judges in a large-scale crackdown against its opponents. Yavuz Aydin was among the dismissed judges.
While the Coronavirus crisis has brought uncertainty to everyone’s life, it particularly affected the Syrian families who were due to arrive just days after all international flights were halted. Abdulrhman speaks to some of these families to understand what their life has been like since the start of the pandemic.
In 2017, school principal Isa Antepli was deprived of his passport by the Cambodian authorities when he applied to renew his working visa. What seemed to be just procedural waiting time, turned out to be an attempt by the Turkish government to deport him back to Turkey.
Meltem Oktay, a former reporter for the Pro-Kurdish Dicle News Agency (DIHA) and a prominent human rights activist, was arrested and imprisoned for speaking up against the Turkish state on her social media accounts. Now, she lives in exile but continues to stand up against oppression and human rights violations.
Ömer Faruk Gergerlioğlu, pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) deputy, medical doctor and activist, has dedicated his whole career to fighting for human rights in Turkey. After the coup attempt in 2016, he was one of thousands to be purged from public service, and was later sentenced to 2,5 years of imprisonment for a social media post.