Human Rights Survival Guide: IPHR launches its own podcast series

The concept of human rights, that was once central to international relations and domestic policy making across the world, is facing a profound test in the form of global retreat from democracy and rising populism. States disregarding international legal obligations has become the norm, rather than exception and “expressions of deep concern” and “need for maintaining a dialogue” echo today as empty moral imperatives that make little difference to those suffering from gross violations.

Yet we believe that today human rights ideas and values have both the potential and resilience to be as (if not more) successful as they were in the decades following the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948 by the UN General Assembly.

But how can we ensure that human rights survive and thrive in the 21st century? Which mechanisms can we create to make states and large corporations respect the fundamental rights of citizens? What can global civil society do today? Is there a reliable human rights toolkit to use?

International Partnership for Human Rights presents the Human Rights Survival Guide – a series of podcasts aimed at tackling these questions. The IPHR team will interview experts, human rights defenders, journalists and civic activists  to discuss how you, your local NGO, your state can use the existing human rights instruments and principles to empower citizens or to bring perpetrators to justice. 

Episode 1

Legal or not? Human rights restrictions during Coronavirus.

In the first episode we discuss the possible impact of COVID-19 on human rights. In particular, the legality of human rights restrictions during the pandemic from the international law perspective.

Our guests are Alex Prezanti – international lawyer and partner at Global Diligence LLP, and Maran Turner – executive director at Freedom Now.

Episode 2

When autocracy meets pandemic: the case of Azerbaijan

In this episode we explore how Covid-19 restrictions are affecting human rights in Azerbaijan, one of the most autocratic countries in Eurasia.

We are joined by Rasul Jafarov, a prominent activist and director of the NGO Human Rights Club (HRC), and Ramute Remezaite, legal consultant at the European Human Rights Advocacy Center (EHRAC).

Episode 3

Prisoner’s dilemma: Rights of persons kept in detention during COVID-19

This time we discuss the situation with rights of persons kept in detention during the pandemic and touch upon possible ways to respond to the challenges in the context of current crisis.

We are joined by Natalia Taubina, Director of the human rights NGO Public Verdict Foundation, and Mushegh Yekmalyan, Senior Human Rights Advisor at OMCT – World Organization against torture.


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Do you have a topic in mind you’d like to hear about? Let us know: podcast@iphronline.org