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
Journalist Mansour al Rasmi travels through war-torn Yemen interviewing former prisoners, top-journalists, lawyers, and families of the 10 journalists wrongly convicted of “spying” after spending five years in prison. He documents their torture, forced confessions, disappearances and unlawful court procedures.
A Disinformation Fellow at The Wilson Centre, Washington DC, Nina Jankowicz explains why disinformation thrives during a pandemic. Who gains from causing fear and mistrust through the spread of fake narratives and how can the public ‘informationally distance’ themselves from …
At a time when the world needs disaster medicine experts, Swedish/Iranian academic Dr Ahmadreza Djalali begins his 5th year in an Iranian prison on death row. Robert Quinn, founding Executive Director of the International network, Scholars at Risk, describes their work to secure the release …
Finding a job in the UK can be quite challenging if you don’t know much about the working culture, how the application process works and what documents you need to apply. Abdulrhman visits Breaking Barriers, an organisation supporting refugees in their job search, to find out more.
Italy has not only been devastated by the outbreak of COVID-19, but it’s NGOs have faced an infodemic, that of the spread of misinformation.
Italy has suffered the loss of over 17,000 thousand people to the coronavirus. As the death rate rises, so does the pressure on all hospital medical staff and those volunteers who support them like Dario Liotto.
Nurcan Baysal is a Kurdish journalist from Diyarbakir in south eastern Turkey who continues to defend human rights and stand up for her right to report in the face of persecution and arrest in Turkey.
Learning English can be one of the biggest challenges when moving to the UK. Understanding the language helps everyone to communicate with all parts of the local community from finding a doctor to applying for a job. In this episode Abdulrhman visited Haringey Adult Learning Centre in …
4,000 prisoners will soon be granted early release in Ethiopia, the Ethiopian Government has announced. Among them is journalist Fekadu Mahtemework, who was unjustly imprisoned last year. Ethiopian blogger Befekadu Hailu shares the motives behind the imprisonment of Fekadu …
50,000 people in Uzbekistan will be granted citizenship under a new law that comes into force on 1st April 2020. Mr. Marin Roman, Regional Protection Officer for the UNHCR in Central Asia, describes the impact of this law on the lives of stateless people in Uzbekistan and their children.
Yavuz Baydar is an internationally renowned journalist living in self exile so that he can report reliable and truthful information about his native country Turkey. He founded the online news site, Ahval, to be an independent platform to report at a time when so many Turkish journalists are …
Dr. Julian Sheather, special adviser in ethics and human rights to the British Medical Association and ethics adviser to Médecins Sans Frontières, highlights the ethical implications arising from the outbreak of coronavirus. According to the adviser, this virus is not just a biomedical event.
Authorities around the world are granting temporary or early release to prisoners to address the spread of the coronavirus in overcrowded prisons. The Turkish government has drafted legislation to give almost 100,000 prisoners this respite, but that will not include any political prisoners …