IOHR investigates the crisis in Lesbos, Greece, after a fire broke out in the refugee camp of Moria leaving at least 13,000 refugees stranded.
News agencies and journalists have prioritised the stories of the radicalised, the violent and the extreme, as well as the paths of those that come out the other side. But how far has this focus had an impact on the situation on the ground?
A new report published by Minority Rights Group International and the Ceasefire Centre for Civilian Rights has examined how Iran invokes national security as a justification to suppress human rights.
Ahmad Obali, founder of Gunaz TV, describes his journey from a teenager in a prison cell in Iran to a TV network owner in Chicago and his pursuit of human rights for the Iranian Azerbaijani people facing cultural genocide.
Vera Mironova, Research Fellow at Harvard University and author of “From Freedom Fighters to Jihadists. Human Resources of Non-State Armed Groups”, discusses her frontline research of women and children trapped in Syrian refugee camps.
Poland has been named the ‘most homophobic country’ in the European Union, after decades of oppression against the LGBT+ minority. Bartosz Staszewski, a renowned Polish LGBT+ activist and film director, describes the discrimination against the LGBT+ community in Poland.
Mass protests have sprung up again in Iran, over unpaid wages and poor working conditions. Mehdi Kouhestani, a Canada-based Iranian labour activist, explains the social and historical context of these demonstrations and describes how the security apparatus in Iran represses any attempt of protecting labour rights in the country.
Rollie Lal, Associate Professor of the Elliott School of International Affairs, describes the human rights implications of the brutal crackdown on the Black Lives Matter protests by the Trump administration.
Women cannot pass on their nationality to their children in 25 countries around the world, while more than 50 countries have some form of gender discrimination in their nationality laws.
For the majority of the population in Kibera, the largest slum in Nairobi, Kenya, social distancing, washing hands and wearing a mask is simply impossible. The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the living conditions of Nubians and other ethnic minorities in Kenya.
In the Dominican Republic, more than 130,000 people of Haitian descent are currently living without a nationality, after a 2013 court ruling left them stateless. They have been stripped of basic rights such as education, healthcare, employment and social protection.
The Coronavirus has exposed the widening gap between trusted news sources and the pandemic of disinformation. Sally Lehrman, Founder and CEO of The Trust Project, has brought together technology platforms and news organisations to bridge this gulf though embedding trust indicators.
During the outbreak of COVID-19, Malaysia has seen an increase in hate speech targeting Rohingya refugees as well as undocumented migrants. Fake news has been spread online to scapegoat the most vulnerable communities and to try turning the population against them.
Fernand de Varennes, UN Special Rapporteur on minority issues, describes the disproportionate negative impact on minority groups under the Coronavirus and the wider implications of so many also being stateless.
Covid-19 exposed and exacerbated the ‘Info-demic of misinformation. But what happens next to find a vaccine to return trust in media and contain the spread of misinformation.
Syrian-Kurdish journalist Hisham Arafat gives an insight into the horrific incidents of sexual violence in Syria, where Turkish backed militias and Islamist groups are using rape as a weapon of war against Kurdish women. The cases recorded are innumerable, but the perpetrators who have been accountable so far are none.
With climate change forcing hundreds of thousands of people to flee their homes in search of viable environments, the definition of ‘refugee’ might need to be implemented.
Amal De Chickera, co-director of the Institute on Statelessness and Inclusion (ISI), shares the findings of a new report analysing the impact of Coronavirus on stateless people around the world.
Sir Malcolm Evans, Chair of the UN Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (SPT), gives an insight into the struggle to keep prison populations and prison workers safe from the pandemic under lockdown globally.
Yemeni journalist Ahmad Algohbary explains the implications of the latest locust outbreak on a worn-torn country like Yemen, where 10 million people are one step away from famine.
Millions of refugees around the world are forced to live in overcrowded camps with little access to food, sanitation and health services. But now, displaced children and their families are facing a new threat to their fragile existence with the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Not all European Union, European Economic Area and Swiss citizens will have applied to the EU Settlement Scheme by June 2021. Elders, students, children in care, UK residence permit holders and many others, will be deemed unlawful residents if they fail to apply.
China’s National People’s Congress approved the national security law which makes it illegal to undermine Chinese authority on the territory of Hong Kong. The law, which international critics have deemed ‘the end of Hong Kong’, extends Beijing’s control in the region and threatens its autonomy.
Italy stands at 41st place in the World Press Freedom Index by Reporters Without Borders. However, 23 journalists are under police protection for reporting on mafia, neo-fascist groups and organised crime
The new wave of locusts in East Africa presents an alarming threat to food security and livelihoods, putting 20 million people just below the famine line. Travelling in dense swarms, desert locusts can eat as much food in a single day, as Kenya’s whole population of 53 million people.
Since the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis, Chinese media has been struggling to create a consistent narrative about China’s response to the global crisis and the involvement of the CCP. Rui Zhong, Program Associate at the Wilson Center, offers an insight into the way the Chinese disinformation …
Coda Story is an award-winning, non-profit news platform focused on the deeper context of ongoing trends and issues. Editor-in-Chief Natalia Antelava explains why shifting the focus of the stories and breaking the 24-hour news cycle is crucial when tackling topics such as Disinformation and the War on Science.
Reset, the charity leading the Community Sponsorship movement throughout the UK, helped the first entirely Muslim-led group welcome a refugee family in Birmingham. Monika Kruesmann, a Co-Director of Reset, explains the importance of community sponsorship and the impact it has on …
Tom Phillips is the editor of Full Fact, the UK’s leading fact-checking charity. He discusses their role in debunking myths and false claims surrounding the global pandemic and the way technology can help uncover the truth.
The Coronavirus pandemic news narrative mutated into misinformation to become just as contagious. IOHR and ICFJ invited Dr Julie Posetti, The International Center for Journalists (ICFJ), Editor-in-Chief of Blankspot Martin Schibbye, Tom Phillips the editor at Full Fact, Rui Zhong