Thomas Hughes, Executive Director of Article 19, discusses threats and political motives affecting freedom of expression worldwide. He reveals the unprecedented threat to press freedom in Turkey, the biggest jailer of journalists worldwide. The figures of murdered and jailed reporters and human rights defenders in 2018 across the globe are shocking.
The Chinese Government stands accused of ethnic cleansing of the Uyghur people in western China. Over one million people have suffered unlawful detention and forced into re-education camps. The Uyghur community and IOHR protest outside the Chinese Embassy in London against the cultural genocide, persecution and the killing of Uyghurs in China.
Sascha Lavin, is a member of the policy and advocacy team at Care UK. Their slogan “Fighting Poverty. Defending Dignity” stands for their invaluable work of empowering women and girls and preserving equal rights. She speaks about the ongoing the humanitarian aid crisis that has suffocated Yemen and parts of Indonesia.
Award winning American journalist Lindsey Snell had been living in Turkey before Al Nusra Front, Al Qaeda’s former affiliate in Syria kidnapped her in 2016 while reporting in Syria. Upon escaping her captors who held her in a cave prison she returned to Turkey and was jailed and accused of being a CIA agent. She […]
Football Beyond Borders is an education charity which uses football as an engagement tool to support young people from disadvantaged backgrounds. Ceylon Hickman, the head of volunteering, discusses the vital work and challenges they encounter and how supporting disengaged youngsters provides a solid foundation inspiring the youth to excel at their class work while embracing […]
The International Observatory of Human Rights celebrated its first anniversary with the launch of IOHRTV, the world’s first dedicated human rights TV channel. BBC’s Yalda Hakim interviewed IOHR’s founders about their humanitarian mission, video content, and partnership with Netgem.TV
Chris Clement, former director of RESET, talks about the vital work of supporting 100 communities willing to welcome refugee families in the UK under the community sponsorship scheme. The RESET team provides community groups with information about housing, financial commitment and training potential sponsors on how to integrate resettled refugees. They also provide guidance to […]
An intimate account by a mother about coping with the psychological traumas from terrorist attacks in the UK and Spain. She speaks in particular about the effects on her son from the attack at the Manchester Arena and the vital support that the Peace Foundation provides.
The International Observatory of Human Rights has launched “IOHR Ambassadors” in the presence of award-winning human rights lawyer Mrs Usha Sood. The programme is dedicated to developing the skills of young people who have a passion for human rights. The Ambassadors, supervised by IOHR staff, embarked on their first humanitarian mission by conducting a street […]
IOHR interviews Henrik Bjelke Hansen, director of the Preventive Security Department from PET, the intelligence agency of Denmark. Mr. Hansen talks about the measures taken to curtail Islamic and right-wing extremists. He explains how PET is involved in the preventive process, a rare mechanism for intelligence agencies.
Elna Søndergaard a senior legal advisor at DIGNITY talks about her work at one of the oldest torture rehabilitation centres in the world. The NGO based in Copenhagen announced that 30% of refugees have experienced torture and 121 countries still use this barbaric act. She talks about the campaign against the extensive use of solitary […]
Amnesty Canada joins IOHR and Comedian Maz Jobrani during his tour in Toronto to call on Iran to release Canadian resident Saeed Malekpour jailed since 2008 on fabricated charges. The audience signed petitions and shouted #FreeSaeed
Christian Friis Bach, Secretary General of the Danish Refugee Council, the biggest international NGO in Denmark talks about supporting refugees internally displaced in 30 countries including recent work in Syria and Afghanistan. Bach expands on the nature of 22, 000 interviews conducted with migrants travelling toward Europe and shares insights about Denmark’s tough migration policies.
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