1,600 lawyers have been detained and prosecuted in Turkey since 2016. Stuart Russell, former administrative judge and lawyer, now co-chair of the IAPL Monitoring Committee on Attacks on Lawyers, explains how Mr. Erdogan’s government is breaching the UN Basic Principles on the Role of Lawyers.
Teachers Mesut and Meral Kaçmaz, along with their two teenage daughters, were sleeping in their home in Lahore, Pakistan, when a group of 15-20 armed intelligence agents broke in and forcibly took them to an unknown location. Now, in a safe place and awaiting their sentence, they recall the story of their kidnapping.
Uyghur American Attorney and activist, Nury Turkel, has been nominated one of the 100 most influential people of 2020 by TIME. Last year, IOHR TV interviewed him at the Oslo Freedom Forum.
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.
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.