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.
The Black Lives Matter campaign has had support from many sports men and women around the world. Former International English cricketer Monty Panesar describes his vision for diversity in sports and challenges the UK Government to tackle racism and discrimination in sport.
Sonia ‘Sunny’ Jacobs was sentenced to death for a crime she did not commit. She spent 17 years in prison and was exonerated in 1992 but this reprieve came too late for her husband who was executed in 1990 by a faulty electric chair. He took 13 minutes to die.
In a rare audio interview from prison, Iranian-Swedish scientist Dr. Ahmadreza Djalali calls on the Swedish government to intervene to help free him
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.