Charlie Fraser, Director of The Entrepreneurial Refugee Network, (TERN) tells IOHR about how his NGO helps refugees develop their business ideas and access the UK workplace. TERN has built a community of more than100 refugee entrepreneurs in London and has recently led a campaign to launch 1000 refugee businesses by 2025
Counter-terrorism experts, academics and reformed extremists spoke at a conference organized by IOHR at the University of Rostock in Germany–a nation that allocated 100 million euros in 2018 to fight extremism. The focus was on the roles that women play in extremist groups such as ISIS and their reasons for joining. The right wing violent […]
In the desert of Iraq’s semi-autonomous Kurdistan, IOHR is given access to the refugee camps with The Kurdi Foundation to deliver nearly 800 uniforms to encourage Syrian refugee children to go to school. The donation falls under IOHR’s ‘Helping Hands’ fund and comes on the third anniversary of the drowning of Alan Kurdi in the […]
Lisa King, Director of Communications for Refuge, a UK based non-governmental organisation mandated to support women and children threatened by domestic violence, reveals daunting statistics: “Two women a week are killed in the UK and three women every week take their own lives to escape domestic violence. Only 25% of domestic violence is reported in […]
Thousands of babies were illegally adopted in Ireland between the ’40s and the ’60s. Filmmaker Sharon Lawless, who showcased the national scandal with her series “Adoption Stories” talks about why children were illegally sold, the network behind illegal adoption and the few rights these victims have today. Theresa Tinggal tells IOHR the story of how […]
James Denselow, Head of Conflict & Humanitarian Policy & Advocacy for Save the Children talks about the life-saving missions his global team conducts to help protect millions of children worldwide: “We are seeing one in six children globally living in areas affected by conflicts” Photo Credit: Save The Children
IOHR brought civil society activists, exiled journalists, lawyers, and policy makers to the Swiss Press Club in Geneva to raise awareness of the unprecedented threat to human rights in Turkey. The international conference featured a special interview with award winning US journalist Lindsey Snell on her incarceration in Turkey and featured panel discussions with MEPs […]
The International Observatory of Human Rights organised a protest outside the Myanmar embassy in London to protest the baseless 7-year sentence given to Reuters journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo for breaching the country’s hardline Official Secrets Act while reporting on the genocide committed against the Rohyinga during the military crackdown in Rakhine state.
Helen Lackner, Research Associate at the London Middle East Institute, speaks about the human rights violations in Yemen, the internal and external factors, and the ongoing war making it the world’s worst humanitarian crisis
Hundreds of thousands of people protested against Brexit on 20 October 2018 in central UK. The People’s Vote March was organised to demand a second referendum ahead of Britain’s exit from the UK. IOHR participated in the demonstration to raise awareness on the impact of Brexit on human rights.
Jim Estill, a Canadian businessman sponsored more than 200 Syrian refugees and saved them from the horror of war. Many of them are working successfully in his company in Guelph.
The International Observatory of Human Rights sponsors the first awards celebrating the community sponsorship of Syrian refugees in the UK. The event was organised by Citizens UK foundation group, Sponsor Refugees, who created the awards to recognise the considerable achievements of individuals, community and faith groups, local authorities and even the Government in resettling refugees […]
IOHR visits 11 universities across the UK to raise awareness about human rights and motivate the youth to volunteer with IOHR, organise their own rights campaigns, interactive activities and promote freedom, liberty, and rights for all
The countdown to 29 March 2019 when the UK exits the European Union is around the corner. Whether you voted for Brexit or not, no one wants ambiguity around their human rights or the legal support that underpins them. IOHR tracks the impact on rights within the UK and identifies where protection is needed.
Activists and prominent journalists call on the Myanmar government to release Reuters journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo sentenced to seven years in prison on baseless charges while covering the Rohyinga massacres that left thousands killed and more than 750,00 people displaced.
Doaa Elbayad, UNHCR protection officer in Iraqi Kurdistan talks about the challenges the UNHCR faces to support refugees. UNHCR is facing an urgent shortfall of US$270 million for their work with Syrian refugees and internally displaced people. The money is needed to provide cash assistance, protection, education, health and shelter
Iranian-British award-winning journalist Saeed Dehghan who writes for the Guardian describes the “unprecedented level of hopelessness” Iranians are enduring as the US re-imposes sanctions and food prices soar
Exiled prominent Turkish journalist Kerim Balci who fled the country fearing for his life speaks about the prosecution of 1544 Turkish lawyers and judges including those given lengthy sentences. Is there any hope for an independent judiciary in Turkey?
Tima Kurdi the aunt of Alan Kurdi the two-year old Syrian who boy was found dead on a Turkish beach in 2015 after fleeing war-torn Syria and drowning in the Mediterranean, traveled from Canada to the UK to share her family’s tragic story and lobby the UK government to extend the resettlement of refugees past […]
Ashish Joshi (Sky News Correspondent) – A case of Textbook Ethnic Cleansing the Rohingya Crisis in Myanmar Award-winning journalist, Ashish Joshi, shares with IOHR TV his first-hand experience of the humanitarian crisis of the Rohingya people in Myanmar. The horror of the Rohingya experience which raises questions about the role of international civil society in […]
Ibrahim Khan saved his friend’s life before he was shot during the 2014 Peshawar school massacre in Pakistan that left 149 people killed at the hands of Taliban terrorists. Ibrahim raises awareness against extremism and promotes peace through education as he undertakes medical treatment in the UK.
The armed conflict in Yemen has left 22.2 million people in need of urgent assistance to combat disease outbreaks, food insecurity, a collapsing health system and a schooling crisis for children. The war in Yemen has resulted in widespread human rights violations.
Tens of thousands of people from all walks of life took to the streets across the UK protesting against Donald Trump’s policies and his visit. Activists flew a 20-foot tall balloon depicting an angry, orange “Baby Donald” clad only in a diaper and holding a cellphone.
Citizens UK invites 200 civil society leaders to celebrate a loving Syrian family saved from the horror of war and urges the Home Office to extend the Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme beyond 2020 to resettle more refugees.
Nicola Benyahya, mother of Rashid a British teenager who joined ISIS in Syria, shares the story of his radicalisation and death with teenagers in the UK. Her mission is to educate the youth and parents about how terrorist recruiters target the vulnerable & the importance of intervention & support of communities to deter them.
US journalist Theo Padnos exposes the malicious ideologies of his Al Qaeda captors after spending two years in captivity in Syria. He shares his political views and analysis of the civil war in Syria and the ongoing humanitarian crisis.
Deputy Mayor of London Matthew Ryder talks about the successes and challenges of resettling refugees in the UK. He explains what it will take to meet the government’s commitment to resettle 20,000 refugees in the UK by the year 2020 and the benefits they bring to the UK workplace
Interview with Tima Kurdi, the aunt of Alan Kurdi a two year-old Syrian boy whose image gripped the world after he drowned in the Mediterranean in September 2015. He and his Syrian family were escaping the horror of war. His image became a “Wake Up Call”–a symbol of the refugee plight
Ms. Maryam Malekpour, speaks on the details of her brother’s unjust incarceration in Iran since 2008 where he is serving a life sentence and details the torture he endured in prison.