Sonia ‘Sunny’ Jacobs persevered on death row for 28 years for a crime she did not commit. She 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. Sunny explains that her experience is that …
A child eligible for British citizenship is charged £1,012 to apply, even though it only costs the UK government £372 to process. These charges are forcing parents into debt because without citizenship, their children’s access to education, travel and work is greatly restricted …
As the new 2022 FIFA World Cup emblem was projected onto iconic buildings in Qatar, Pete Pattisson, Guardian journalist and filmmaker, describes the abuse and exploitation of the migrant workers who constructed them and the current state of labour practices in the Gulf
Pride 2019 was celebrated by over 250,000 people in Brighton but the LGBTQ+ community also focused on the human rights violations and discrimination they face around the world with the launch of the #WeStandTogether campaign against discrimination. In the UK 1 in 5 LGBT …
Ananas Girmai, founder and director of PROCS (Protection, Respect and Opportunity for Children on the Street) talks about the importance of taking working children off the streets of Addis and providing them with full- time education. Formed in 2001, PROCS teaches children how to play …
Every morning, millions of people queue up under the scorching sun in India’s sixth largest city of Chennai to fill up their cans and pots with water from trucks dispatched by the state. It is the first major city in India to be left without water in the worst heat wave in the country’s history that …
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 …
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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.
The armed conflict in Yemen has left 22.2 million people in need of urgent assistance to combat disease outbreaks, food insecurity, a collapsing health system and a schooling crisis for children. The war in Yemen has resulted in widespread human rights violations.
Ms. Maryam Malekpour, speaks on the details of her brother’s unjust incarceration in Iran since 2008 where he is serving a life sentence and details the torture he endured in prison.
Neil Jameson, the Executive Director of Citizens UK, who received a CBE ‘for services to community organising and social justice’ speaks to IOHRTV about his 30 years of empowering others, supporting UK’s largest civil society alliance, and his future plans.
Sandra Olsson, program manager at Child Soldiers International, a UK-based NGO focuses on the prevention of child recruitment mostly in the Central African Republic and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Children participated in at least 18 armed conflicts in 2016.
Chris Rose, Director of the Amos Trust, discusses the conditions Palestinians face in the Gaza Strip and West Bank. He speaks on the pattern of detention of Palestinian children by Israeli authorities, in particular the case of Ahed Tamimi. He also examines creative and non-violent means of resistance used by Palestinian protestors.
On the 7th of April 1994, the genocide began in Rwanda with between 500,000 to a 1,000,000 killed over 100 days.
Carla Ecola (The Outside Project) Government figures indicate there are close to 310,000 people that are homeless in the UK.
Cathy Teesdale – Founder of Humans of Greater London – Introduces IOHR to a global movement of more than 20 million followers aimed at fostering greater empathy and understanding in faith and humanity. Using a combination of a photo and a personal anecdote, Humans of Greater London counteracts divisive narratives in the mainstream media.
Naana Otoo-Oyortey – Executive Director of Forward, talks to IOHR about the nature of FGM, how to safeguard girls and support those who live with its consequences. The number of women and girls who have undergone FGM worldwide has reached 200 million. Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) involves the partial or total removal of the female […]
Charley Boorman – Actor and UNICEF ambassador, recounts his travels to IOHR TV with friend and actor, Ewan Mcgregor, and their humanitarian work worldwide. He speaks on his efforts to advocate for landmine education in Ethiopia, for child soldiers in Uganda and support campaigns to combat HIV/AIDS in southern Africa, among other human rights causes […]
Hannah Thomas (Artist) – An Image of Grief – The impact of art rehabilitation programmes on Yazidi women, previously captives of ISIS. Since 2014 thousands of the Yazidi community have suffered rape, death or have disappeared at the hands of ISIS in northern Iraq. Hannah Thomas, an artist and human rights advocate, tells IOHR TV […]