“Give Women a Choice” was the main chant at the protest organized by IOHR outside the Iranian Embassy in London. Dozens of protesters came out to call for the release of women jailed in Iran for protesting against the compulsory hijab (veiling law) forcing …
“Come see for yourself.” says H.E. Mr Fesseha Shawel Gebre, Ethiopian Ambassador to the UK as he describes the new reforms under the new leadership of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, who came to power in February 2018. Since then, Ethiopia released 7000 prisoners and today …
Inspired by Article 27 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, ART for The World engages art to highlight the most captivating human rights issues of our time. Founder Adelina von Fürstenberg speaks about the importance of the relationship between …
Shaparak Shajarizadeh is an avid supporter of the #WhiteWednesdays movement, which encourages Iranian women to remove their headscarves on Wednesdays or wear a white shawl as a way to oppose compulsory hijab laws in Iran. She was jailed, tortured and …
Iranian journalist Masih Alinejad started the White Wednesdays movement in 2017 to encourage Iranian women to wear white headscarves on Wednesdays to protest the compulsory hijab (veiling) laws in Iran. After the 1979 revolution, Iranian women have been …
Jemma Levene, Deputy Director of Hope Not Hate, speaks about the charity’s vital role in monitoring and uncovering far-right groups and individuals online in a bid to prevent the deadly violence. A dramatic increase in far-right extremism in western Europe has left …
The International Committee of the Red Cross, a top humanitarian institution and three-time Nobel Prize Laureate operates in 90 countries to help people affected by conflict and armed violence, and promoting the rules of war. The work they do to save victims of war includes …
The Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy brought together diverse speakers: dissidents, human rights victims, politicians and families of political prisoners from around the world to advocate for freedom, rule of law at a time of a global need for human rights advocacy. Families of innocent prisoners jailed in Iran, Saudi Arabia, and China […]
Julie Ward a member of European Parliament shares her efforts to counter human rights violations in Turkey. An advocate for refugees, women’s rights, and freedom of expression Ward explains how she was arrested in Turkey in 2016 as she arrived to attend a conference on human rights in a country where more than 200 journalists […]
Although Islamist extremism remains a serious threat in the UK, the rise in far-right violence has started to make headlines across the country, Europe and the world. As this occurs, both groups feed off each other’s rhetoric and community support becomes essential to the government’s efforts to tackle their ideologies.
IOHR brought families of children whose parents joined militant groups in Syria to the London School of Economics to understand their plight and discuss processes put in place to bring their innocent grandchildren back home. The panel included human rights barrister Usha R Sood, former Al Qaeda member and founder of Active Change Foundation Hanif […]
A grandmother challenges the Belgian government to bring her six grandchildren aged from 11 months to seven years back to Belgium from Syria. Between 2013 and 2014 her son Noureddine and his wife Tatiana, as well as her daughter Bouchra, and her son-in-law, flew to Syria to join militant groups with their young children. Less […]
IOHR launched its women’s rights campaign, #ItsNotAMatch at the Million Women Rise march open to women only in London. The campaign aims to deter online sex trafficking and raising awareness against this worldly crime. A number of IOHR ambassadors joined the march which had a diverse group of women protesters from all around the world […]
Shakilla talks exclusively to IOHR TV about her terrifying forced marriage. At the age of 16 she was taken to Pakistan against her will to marry her 24-year-old cousin and subsequently suffered horrific domestic violence. At Karma Nirvana, a Leeds based charity, we spoke to the director about the problems women face in alerting the […]
Ministers of State, parliamentarians, witnesses, civil society and a former executioner were some of the 1500 people from 115 countries who gathered in the EU Parliament to discuss the strategies for the abolition of the death penalty. 60% of the global population still live under the threat of this barbaric sentence with over 20,000 people […]
IOHR introduces the story of Ashfaq (Ash) and Mehfooza Khurshid a London family trying to find their 3-year-old grandson Salmaan amongst the chaos of the last ISIS stronghold in Syria. They have lost their son Haroon who died while fighting for a Jihadist group in Syria. The grandparents were in contact with his Canadian wife […]
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