WBEZ | human rights http://www.wbez.org/tags/human-rights Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Scotland votes on independence http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-09-18/scotland-votes-independence-110815 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/AP922716014104.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Today Scots will decide whether or not to be independent from Britain. With more than 95% of eligible voters registered to vote, it is expected to be a close call. We&#39;ll discuss what this could mean for Scotland, with Scottish-Chicagoan Euan Hague.</p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-scotland-decides-on-independence/embed?header=false&amp;border=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-scotland-decides-on-independence.js?header=false&border=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-scotland-decides-on-independence" target="_blank">View the story "Worldview: Scotland votes on independence" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 11:36:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-09-18/scotland-votes-independence-110815 Thailand accused of human rights violations http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-09-15/thailand-accused-human-rights-violations-110796 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/AP324469387459.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>After the military coup in Thailand last may, the military imposed martial law in the country. Human rights observers are now reporting rampant human rights violations, and Amnesty International is accusing the junta of abuses from suppression of free speech to torture. We&#39;ll discuss their findings.</p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-thailand-accused-of-human-rights-violati/embed?header=false&amp;border=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-thailand-accused-of-human-rights-violati.js?header=false&border=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-thailand-accused-of-human-rights-violati" target="_blank">View the story "Worldview: Thailand accused of human rights violations" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Mon, 15 Sep 2014 11:20:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-09-15/thailand-accused-human-rights-violations-110796 Global Activism: ART WORKS Project features the exhibit "Picturing Change" http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-art-works-project-features-exhibit-picturing-change-109249 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/artworks.jpeg" alt="" /><p><p>We talk with Global Activist Leslie Thomas, executive and creative of ART WORKS Project. Friday, November 1, 2013, Leslie will host &ldquo;<a href="http://picturingchange.tumblr.com/">Picturing Change</a>,&rdquo; &quot;a photo auction and dinner to celebrate the role of art and design in making a difference for human rights. Molly Roberts, senior picture editor of Smithsonian Magazine will curate the exhibit.The theme is &ldquo;Uncommon Beauty.&quot; Images will reflect the beauty found even in the most challenging situations and our common humanity and resiliency.&quot;<iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/117979449" width="100%"></iframe></p><p dir="ltr" id="docs-internal-guid-58907d2e-915a-a739-6850-a22f56e5e50a">Their first programs will include, &quot;A discussion of sexual trafficking with partners from the <a href="http://voicesandfaces.org/">Voices and Faces Project</a> and <a href="http://caase.org/">CAASE</a>, Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation and feature work by James Whitlow Delano on sexual trafficking in Moldova.&quot;</p></p> Thu, 31 Oct 2013 09:01:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-art-works-project-features-exhibit-picturing-change-109249 Africa-themed films like 'Hotel Rwanda' fail to give full historical context http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-07/africa-themed-films-hotel-rwanda-fail-give-full-historical-context-101097 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/hotel%20rwanda%20AP.jpg" title="From right: Don Cheadle, Sophie Okonedo and Antonio David Lyons star as Paul, Tatiana, and Thomas in United Artists' drama ‘Hotel Rwanda.’ (PRNewsFoto/SHOWTIME,Bid Alsbirk)" /></div><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="http://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F53938961&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><em>Many film scholars and critics observe that in the post-apartheid era, Hollywood&#39;s portrayal of Africa and Africans generally miss the mark, foregoing opportunities to teach us profound truths about the African continent and its people &mdash; all for the sake of popularity and profit.&nbsp;Here, one of those critics,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.joyceash.com/2008/09/dr-joyce-ashunt.html">Joyce Ashuntantang,&nbsp;</a>looks at one prime example: How the film&nbsp;</em>Hotel Rwanda<em>&nbsp;ignored complexity and context in dealing with the 1994 Rwandan Genocide:</em></p><div class="image-insert-image ">In recent years, Hollywood has produced films dubbed &ldquo;human rights&rdquo; films, like <em>Hotel Rwanda</em> (2004), <em>The Constant Gardener</em> (2005), <em>Blood Diamond</em> (2006), and <em>Catch a Fire</em> (2006). The appellation &ldquo;human rights film&rdquo; itself is debatable, since Hollywood movies must negotiate between presumed audience preferences and box office figures, Factors that in turn may trump the very rights the films are meant to uphold.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Despite <em>Hotel Rwanda&rsquo;s</em> success in sparking debate about the politics of international human rights and the contradictions of national governments that claim to value those rights, Terry George&rsquo;s representation of human rights in the film bears the marks of what is wrong not only with the human rights movement itself, but the way human rights are constructed and disseminated with reference to Africa. These include: the projection of the savage/victim/savior dialectic; the danger of assigning labels to victims and perpetrators; ignoring historical and cultural contexts of human rights abuses; and downplaying the severity of genocide in order to obtain maximum entertainment value for the film. &nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Sometimes in April.jpg" style="height: 200px; width: 300px; float: left; " title="Actor Idris Elba appears in a scene from the HBO film ‘Sometimes in April,’ which Ashuntantang considers a more robust and objective re-telling of the Rwandan Genocide. (AP/HBO)" />In <em>Hotel Rwanda</em>, the Tutsis are represented as victims and the Hutus as savages. Simplistically framing the conflict along the lines of &ldquo;good guys/bad guys&rdquo; does not help the cause of human rights, but refuels anger, reinforces polarizing dichotomies, and makes conflict-resolution difficult. In the midst of this victim/savage dichotomy is the metaphor of the savior compelled to come and rescue the victims. <em>Hotel Rwanda</em> castigates the non-arrival of the savior, but nonetheless the savior image is constructed through the western journalists and United Nations general, played by Nick Nolte.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Lack of complexity in certain aspects of the film grossly distorts the context &mdash; essential to understanding the genocide. Terry George provides short, vague snippets of the socio-politico context of the genocide between &ldquo;suspenseful&quot; scenes of Paul Rusesabagina&#39;s many attempts to stop the &ldquo;wild&rdquo; Hutu interahamwe from gaining access to the Hotel Des Mille Collines. George&rsquo;s choice of Rusesabagina as hero and the representation of one individual&rsquo;s story of perseverance, unintentionally undermine the struggle of an entire nation. Not centralizing the historical context of the genocide in the film does a disservice to the audience.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><em>Hotel Rwanda</em> manipulates the cinema medium, transforms the image of the genocide to a Hollywood product, and creates the illusion that this medium can successfully interpret the genocide to the world. Though fictionalized, <em>Hotel Rwanda</em> is based on a true and graphically disturbing story. As a Hollywood film, it reaches millions of people who will arguably view the film as their historical source of record on this genocide. One cannot deny that the question of accuracy will always plague any film that purports to be historical, but a film paraded as a human rights film must be sensitive to facts, for by not representing the facts objectively, the film perpetrates anger and resentment.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><strong>A good film alternative:</strong></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">A film that more objectively represents the Rwandan Genocide is Raoul Peck&rsquo;s <em>Sometimes in April. </em>Peck&rsquo;s film takes colonialism into account in his re-telling of the Genocide. He also refrains from demonizing any groups of people.</div><p><br /><em>Joyce Ashuntantang&nbsp;is a professional actress and assistant professor of English/Literature at Hillyer College-University of Hartford, and an associate to the UNESCO Chair and Institute for comparative Human Rights at the University of Connecticut. She&nbsp;contributed to the forthcoming&nbsp;MaryEllen Higgins-edited volume&nbsp;<a href="http://www.ohioswallow.com/book/Hollywood%E2%80%99s+Africa++after+1994">Hollywood&#39;s Africa After 1994</a>.&nbsp;</em></p><p><em>This story is part of Worldview&#39;s occasional series&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/images-movies-and-race">Images, Movies and Race</a>, produced in conjunction with WBEZ&rsquo;s&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/race-out-loud/">Race: Out Loud</a>&nbsp;series. Read more on film contributor Milos Stehlik&#39;s conversations with filmmaker <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-07/godmilow-western-films-about-africa-only-glorify-west-101129">Jill Godmilow</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;</em><em>author/scholar&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-07/hollywoods-representation-post-apartheid-africa-101126">MaryEllen Higgins</a><strong>&nbsp;</strong></em><em>about how modern Hollywood films on Africa hide racist overtones within heroic, feel-good stories.</em><em>&nbsp;</em></p></p> Tue, 24 Jul 2012 09:30:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-07/africa-themed-films-hotel-rwanda-fail-give-full-historical-context-101097 Global Activism: Raising awareness through global art and design http://www.wbez.org/globalactivism/global-activism-raising-awareness-through-global-art-and-design-98379 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/projects_hero_darfur.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>On this week&#39;s <a href="http://www.wbez.org/globalactivism" onclick="window.open(this.href, '', 'resizable=no,status=no,location=no,toolbar=no,menubar=no,fullscreen=no,scrollbars=no,dependent=no'); return false;">Global Activism</a> segment, <em>Worldview </em>talks with Leslie Thomas, founding executive and creative director of <a href="http://www.artworksprojects.org/" onclick="window.open(this.href, '', 'resizable=no,status=no,location=no,toolbar=no,menubar=no,fullscreen=no,scrollbars=no,dependent=no'); return false;">Art Works Projects</a>. The organization uses design and the arts to raise awareness and educate the public about significant human rights and environmental issues. Her work spans the globe, featuring issues taking place from the Balkans to the Horn of Africa. She updates <em>Worldview</em> on her latest multimedia projects.</p></p> Thu, 19 Apr 2012 15:12:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/globalactivism/global-activism-raising-awareness-through-global-art-and-design-98379 Documentary ‘Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry’ offers intimate portrait of the Chinese artist and activist http://www.wbez.org/worldview/2012-04-19/segment/documentary-%E2%80%98ai-weiwei-never-sorry%E2%80%99-offers-intimate-portrait-chinese <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/AP11111614135.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Chinese dissident artist and activist Ai Weiwei is best known for helping design the famous Bird&rsquo;s Nest stadium for the 2008 Beijing Olympics. He has also become renown for his brave public rebukes of the Chinese government. Now under house arrest for seemingly bogus tax evasion charges, the artist is suing the Chinese government over the fine they levied against him. While this challenge to Chinese authorities may seem surprising, it wouldn&rsquo;t be for anyone who&rsquo;s seen the <a href="http://alisonklayman.com/" onclick="window.open(this.href, '', 'resizable=no,status=no,location=no,toolbar=no,menubar=no,fullscreen=no,scrollbars=no,dependent=no'); return false;">Alison Klayman</a>&#39;s new documentary, <a href="http://aiweiweineversorry.com/" onclick="window.open(this.href, '', 'resizable=no,status=no,location=no,toolbar=no,menubar=no,fullscreen=no,scrollbars=no,dependent=no'); return false;"><em>Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry</em></a>. Alison discusses Ai Weiwei and her new documentary.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><a href="http://aiweiweineversorry.com/" onclick="window.open(this.href, '', 'resizable=no,status=no,location=no,toolbar=no,menubar=no,fullscreen=no,scrollbars=no,dependent=no'); return false;">Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry</a> <em>will be shown at the <a href="http://ff.hrw.org/" onclick="window.open(this.href, '', 'resizable=no,status=no,location=no,toolbar=no,menubar=no,fullscreen=no,scrollbars=no,dependent=no'); return false;">Human Rights Watch Film Festival</a> at 5:30pm at the <a href="http://www.mcachicago.org/" onclick="window.open(this.href, '', 'resizable=no,status=no,location=no,toolbar=no,menubar=no,fullscreen=no,scrollbars=no,dependent=no'); return false;">Museum of Contemporary Art</a> on Friday, April 20th.</em></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Trailer for <em>Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry</em>: </strong></p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="300" mozallowfullscreen="" src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/18018860" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="400"></iframe></p></p> Thu, 19 Apr 2012 11:05:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/worldview/2012-04-19/segment/documentary-%E2%80%98ai-weiwei-never-sorry%E2%80%99-offers-intimate-portrait-chinese Central American migrants in Mexico encounter horrible abuse and death en route to the U.S. http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-03-27/central-american-migrants-mexico-encounter-horrible-abuse-and-death-thei <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2012-March/2012-03-27/Maria in Nobodys Land.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Central American migrants who intend to reach the U.S. usually transit Mexico without a visa. They face the risk of being raped, kidnapped, disappeared or assassinated. Ten months ago, Mexican legislators signed into law a bill that promised a new immigration regime that’s more just and humane.</p><p>Since passed into law, the bill hasn’t been adopted into code by the country's <a href="http://www.inm.gob.mx/" onclick="window.open(this.href, '', 'resizable=no,status=no,location=no,toolbar=no,menubar=no,fullscreen=no,scrollbars=no,dependent=no'); return false;">National Institute of Migration</a>, and nothing has become of it. <em>Worldview </em>is joined by Father Alejandro Solalinde, director of a center in Oaxaca, Mexico that helps migrants from Central America travel to the U.S., and <a href="http://www.cristianpineda.com/" onclick="window.open(this.href, '', 'resizable=no,status=no,location=no,toolbar=no,menubar=no,fullscreen=no,scrollbars=no,dependent=no'); return false;">Cristian Pineda Flores</a>, an artist who uses his work to broaden awareness about the plight of migrants. Marcela Zamora, the Salvadoran filmmaker who directed <em><a href="http://vimeo.com/32677195" onclick="window.open(this.href, '', 'resizable=no,status=no,location=no,toolbar=no,menubar=no,fullscreen=no,scrollbars=no,dependent=no'); return false;">Maria en Tierra de Nadie </a>(Maria from Nobody’s Land)</em>, also joins the conversation.</p><p><strong>Trailer for Marcela Zamora's <em>Maria en Tierra de Nadie</em></strong>:</p><p style="text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" mozallowfullscreen="" src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/32677195?title=0&amp;byline=0&amp;portrait=0" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="500" frameborder="0" height="282"></iframe></p><p><a href="http://vimeo.com/32677195">María en tierra de nadie / María in nobody´s land</a> from <a href="http://vimeo.com/user5066931">Marcela Zamora Chamorro</a> on <a href="http://vimeo.com">Vimeo</a>.</p></p> Tue, 27 Mar 2012 15:02:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-03-27/central-american-migrants-mexico-encounter-horrible-abuse-and-death-thei Gay youth under increased attack in Iraq http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-03-15/gay-youth-under-increased-attack-iraq-97326 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2012-March/2012-03-15/SHiSha_Cafe_LUONGO.jpg.crop_display_3.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>In the past two weeks alone, at least 14 people who were perceived to be part of the emo culture have been killed in Baghdad. Kids who dress in the emo clothing, a Western style of dress, and listen to emo punk music are often thought to be gay. The latest killings come after months of increased attacks, which may number as high as 100. <em>Worldview </em>talks with <a href="http://paper-bird.net/" onclick="window.open(this.href, '', 'resizable=no,status=no,location=no,toolbar=no,menubar=no,fullscreen=no,scrollbars=no,dependent=no'); return false;">Scott Long</a>, a fellow in the human rights program at Harvard Law School. He&rsquo;s been tracking the issue in Iraq and across the Middle East for several years.</p></p> Thu, 15 Mar 2012 14:38:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-03-15/gay-youth-under-increased-attack-iraq-97326 IL Congresswoman Schakowsky calls for U.S. to suspend aid to Honduras http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-03-12/il-congresswoman-schakowsky-calls-us-suspend-aid-honduras-97212 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2012-March/2012-03-12/AP110318144117.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Since democratically-elected former president <a href="http://topics.nytimes.com/topics/reference/timestopics/people/z/jose_manuel_zelaya/index.html" onclick="window.open(this.href, '', 'resizable=no,status=no,location=no,toolbar=no,menubar=no,fullscreen=no,scrollbars=no,dependent=no'); return false;">Jose Manuel Zelaya</a> was deposed by a coup in 2009, human rights in Honduras have deteriorated. The country is now the murder capital of the world. Journalists, peasant farmers, LGBT activists and those opposed to current President <a href="http://topics.nytimes.com/top/reference/timestopics/people/l/porfirio_lobo_sosa/index.html" onclick="window.open(this.href, '', 'resizable=no,status=no,location=no,toolbar=no,menubar=no,fullscreen=no,scrollbars=no,dependent=no'); return false;">Porfirio Lobo</a> have been harassed and killed. The perpetrators, often members of the police force and military, largely operate with impunity.</p><p>Shortly after the coup, Illinois Congresswoman <a href="http://schakowsky.house.gov/" onclick="window.open(this.href, '', 'resizable=no,status=no,location=no,toolbar=no,menubar=no,fullscreen=no,scrollbars=no,dependent=no'); return false;">Jan Schakowsky</a> went to Honduras and met with human rights victims and their families. She has been a vocal critic of U.S. support for the Lobo Administration. Schakowsky talks with <em>Worldview</em> about the human rights situation in Honduras, and the letter she recently initiated which calls for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to suspend all U.S. aid for the police and military in the country.</p></p> Mon, 12 Mar 2012 14:58:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-03-12/il-congresswoman-schakowsky-calls-us-suspend-aid-honduras-97212 Remembering Ireland's Bloody Sunday, 40 years later http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-01-30/remembering-irelands-bloody-sunday-40-years-later-95955 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2012-January/2012-01-30/ireland1.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Today is the 40th anniversary of the Bloody Sunday massacre, when British soldiers shot 26 unarmed civil-rights protesters and bystanders. More than half of those shot died.</p><p>At age 15, <a href="http://donmullan.com/" target="_blank">Don Mullan</a> witnessed the event. His book, <em>Eyewitness Bloody Sunday</em>, was one of the catalysts that pushed then Prime Minister Tony Blair to establish a second, more critical, inquiry into Bloody Sunday in 1998. The inquiry lasted until 2010 and prompted a historic apology from British Prime Minister David Cameron. He described the events of Bloody Sunday as “unjustified and unjustifiable.”</p><p>Don tells <em>Worldview</em> about what he witnessed first-hand in Ireland, 40 years ago.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><em>Don Mullan is giving a public talk at DePaul University's School of Public Service on February 7 at 12PM. The talk will take place at 14 East Jackson Avenue, on the 16th floor.</em></p></p> Mon, 30 Jan 2012 16:35:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-01-30/remembering-irelands-bloody-sunday-40-years-later-95955