Human Rights in Context

Human Rights in Context

Human Rights in Context explores the relevance of international human rights in everyday life. It explores how human rights treaties and standards, or activity at the UN, actually has an impact on how people enjoy basic freedoms. We'll examine some of the most important human rights issues with experts from around the world who will provide inspiration and confidence for people who are (or hope to be) working in this area.

Episodes

November 27, 2020 26 min

With Susi Bascon, Director of Peace Brigades International (PBI) UK, and from Simmons and Simmons, Victoria Channing, Pro Bono Manager and Chris Owen, who heads up the firm’s business and human rights team and is one of the Partners responsible for pro bono.

PBI UK is a world-leading NGO working to protect human rights defenders and provide life-saving support in some of the world's most dangerous countries.  https://peacebrigad...

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With Susi Bascon, Director of Peace Brigades International (PBI) UK, and from Simmons and Simmons, Victoria Channing, Pro Bono Manager and Chris Owen, who heads up the firm’s business and human rights team and is one of the Partners responsible for pro bono.

PBI UK is a world-leading NGO working to protect human rights defenders and provide life-saving support in some of the world's most dangerous countries.  https://peacebrigad...

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With Anna Rottenecker

Anna Rottenecker is a specialist for fundraising and institutional development with more than 10 years of experience in the field. Anna works to build a world of vibrant and robust civil societies who uphold the rule of law for all and at all times.

This episode discusses the UN Sustainable Development Goals and particularly SDG 16 that seeks to achieve peace, justice and strong institutions, which is the focus ...

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September 19, 2020 40 min

With Dr Matthew Pringle.

In 2018, Matti established the Canada OPCAT Project and is now working with civil society  towards the ratification of the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture to prevent abuse in care homes, prisons and other places where people are deprived of liberty in Canada.

Matti is a human rights specialist who has been active in the field for over 21 years. Matti’s deep interest in torture prevention ...

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This is the second part of the interview with Vincent Ploton, Director of development and treaty body advocacy at the International Service for Human Rights (ISHR) in Geneva, Switzerland.

In this special bonus episode, I ask Vincent how he began his career in human rights and what advice he has for students looking to work in human rights organisations, including intergovernmental organisations like offices of the UN. We look at the...

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Vincent Ploton is Director of development and treaty body advocacy at the International Service for Human Rights (ISHR) in Geneva, Switzerland.

This episode examines the work of human rights defenders, including what they do and how their work can be supported. We also look at how States are limiting the role of defenders, civil society and punishing voices of dissent.

We then explore the role of human rights treaty bodies and ask ho...

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Ken Bluestone is Head of Policy and Influencing at Age International, a charity that helps older people living in some of the world's poorest places to have improved wellbeing and be treated with dignity.

This episode looks at the impact Covid-19 has had on older people recognising that the rights of older people are not adequately protected. We discuss the significant UN Policy Brief on ‘The impact of COVID-19 on older persons’...

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Sylvia Dias is National Representative and Senior Legal Adviser for the Association for the Prevention of Torture (APT) in Brazil.

In this episode we explore how to prevent torture and the abuse of particularly vulnerable groups by police in the investigation of crime; custody hearings as an innovation in torture prevention that Sylvia describes as "One of the most effective ways to detect torture in the first hours"; and ab...

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Marina Schirone, is Director of civil society organisation Mama Africa, based in Bari, Italy. Mama Africa promotes the integration of refugees, immigrants and the community at large into a self-sufficient, healthy and inclusive multi-ethnic society.

Marina moved to the UK in 2018 after working for almost 10 years at one of the biggest "reception" centres in southern Italy, in Bari, as an interpreter, translator and caseworke...

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Dr. Fiona de Hoog is a researcher in Sheffield Hallam University where she conducts research in human rights, gender and modern slavery. In 2017, she completed a PhD at the University of Hull’s Wilberforce Institute on the topic of child slavery in Haiti, establishing the links between the exploitation of children, gender-based violence and female complicity in child trafficking. This cutting-edge research took her to Haiti for 2 y...

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July 8, 2020 3 min

Human Rights in Context is a new podcast looking at international human rights in countries around the world. Although it is a new podcast, it has been many months in planning. I hope you enjoy the show!

If you want to get in touch, to share ideas or support the show, please email me at matt@humanrightsincontext.com.  




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