WBEZ | Human Rights Watch http://www.wbez.org/tags/human-rights-watch Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en James Foley and the hostage dilemma http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-08-27/james-foley-and-hostage-dilemma-110714 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/AP29838283850.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The beheading of journalist James Foley has re-ignited a heated debate about whether paying ransoms for hostages increases the likelihood that more people will be kidnapped by extremist groups. We&#39;ll talk with Peter Bouckaert, a friend of James Foley who&#39;d been working to secure his release.</p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-violence-continues-in-central-african-re/embed?header=false&amp;border=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-violence-continues-in-central-african-re.js?header=false&border=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-violence-continues-in-central-african-re" target="_blank">View the story "Worldview: James Foley and the hostage dilemma" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Wed, 27 Aug 2014 15:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-08-27/james-foley-and-hostage-dilemma-110714 Indonesian migrant workers in Middle East face abuse and rape http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-11-29/indonesian-migrant-workers-middle-east-face-abuse-and-rape-94264 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//segment/photo/2011-November/2011-11-21/indonesia1.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>In seeking work abroad, Indonesian migrants are particularly vulnerable to abuse. In countries like Malaysia, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, they often work up to 18 hours a day without any days off. Many are unpaid and held in forced servitude; others are confined, beaten or raped by their employers.</p><p><a href="http://www.hrw.org/news/2011/08/08/anis-hidayah-indonesia" target="_blank">Anis Hidayah</a>, executive director of the Jakarta-based advocacy group Migrant Care and recipient of Human Rights Watch's <a href="http://www.hrw.org/news/2011/08/09/global-human-rights-watch-honors-7-activists" target="_blank">Alison Des Forges Award</a>, monitors abuses against Indonesian workers.</p><p>She and <a href="http://www.hrw.org/bios/nisha-varia" target="_blank">Nisha Varia</a>, a senior researcher for the <a href="http://www.hrw.org/category/topic/women" target="_blank">Women's Rights Division</a> of Human Rights Watch, tell <em>Worldview </em>what's being done to curb the exploitation.</p></p> Tue, 29 Nov 2011 15:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-11-29/indonesian-migrant-workers-middle-east-face-abuse-and-rape-94264 A preview of Chicago’s Human Rights Watch Film Festival http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-06-02/preview-chicago%E2%80%99s-human-rights-watch-film-festival-87331 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//segment/photo/2011-June/2011-06-02/hebron.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Human Rights Watch experts track wars, poverty and abuses all over the globe. Their reports, however, don't always show the human face behind the analysis. That’s what Human Rights Watch exposes when it hosts its annual film festivals in major cities like New York and London. The group’s <a href="http://www.facets.org/pages/cinematheque/films/may2011/hrw2011.php" target="_blank">Chicago festival</a> runs through June 9 at Facets Multi-media.<br> <br> Jobi Cates, the director of <a href="http://www.hrw.org/en/network/786" target="_blank">Human Rights Watch’s Chicago chapter</a>, tells us about this year’s slate of films.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Trailer for <em>12 Angry Lebanese</em></strong></p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/xDvCifo3NE4" width="425" frameborder="0" height="349"></iframe></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Trailer for <em>Green Wave</em></strong></p><p><iframe src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/16760902?title=0&amp;byline=0&amp;portrait=0" width="400" frameborder="0" height="225"></iframe></p><p><a href="http://vimeo.com/16760902">THE GREEN WAVE teaser (ENGLISH)</a> from <a href="http://vimeo.com/portauprince">PORT AU PRINCE</a> on <a href="http://vimeo.com">Vimeo</a>.</p></p> Thu, 02 Jun 2011 17:16:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-06-02/preview-chicago%E2%80%99s-human-rights-watch-film-festival-87331 With India’s economic growth comes more scrutiny on human rights http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-05-31/india%E2%80%99s-economic-growth-comes-more-scrutiny-human-rights-87233 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//segment/photo/2011-May/2011-05-31/96449383.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Though both nations are global powers with growing economies and massive populations, India and China seem to garner different reactions on human rights. While China’s record is widely criticized, India’s faces less scrutiny.</p><p>A closer look at India’s record, however, reveals room for criticism. Its foreign policy in places like Burma and Sri Lanka, and the nation’s handling of home-grown terrorism and the disputed border region of Kashmir, are just a few of the sore spots.</p><p><a href="http://www.hrw.org/en/bios/meenakshi-ganguly" target="_blank">Meenakshi Ganguly</a>, the South Asia director for Human Rights Watch, joins us to discuss India’s foreign and domestic human rights record.</p></p> Tue, 31 May 2011 18:04:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-05-31/india%E2%80%99s-economic-growth-comes-more-scrutiny-human-rights-87233 Protecting students, teachers and schools from intentional attack in conflict zones http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-03-29/protecting-students-teachers-and-schools-intentional-attack-conflict-zon <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//segment/photo/2011-March/2011-03-29/India_Sabotaged Schooling.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><a href="http://www.hrw.org/en/bios/bede-sheppard" target="_blank">Bede Sheppard</a> is a senior researcher for Asia in the <a href="http://www.hrw.org/en/children" target="_blank">Children’s Rights Division</a> of Human Rights Watch. He specializes in attacks on schools and teachers; the occupation of schools by security forces; and child domestic workers. He co-authored the report, “<a href="http://www.hrw.org/en/world-report-2011/schools-battlegrounds" target="_blank">Schools as Battlegrounds: Protecting Students, Teachers, and Schools from Attack</a>.” Bede also produced a <a href="http://www.hrw.org/en/reports/2010/12/13/their-future-stake">report</a> on the killing of numerous teachers and other education personnel by suspected militants between January 2008 and last October in the Pakistani province of Balochistan. He shares his stories about these underreported casualties of war.</p></p> Tue, 29 Mar 2011 15:30:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-03-29/protecting-students-teachers-and-schools-intentional-attack-conflict-zon What lies ahead for Sudan after referendum http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-03-18/what-lies-ahead-sudan-after-referendum-83926 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//segment/photo/2011-March/2011-03-18/108022380.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Scores of villagers have died in recent fighting in southern <a href="http://www.hrw.org/en/africa/sudan">Sudan</a> despite the presence of 10,000 U.N. troops mandated with protecting civilians. Now, internal documents say U.N. officials have ordered peacekeepers not to operate in areas where civilians may be at risk. The uptick in violence comes two months after a referendum where voters in Southern Sudan casted ballots overwhelmingly in favor of creating a new state of their own. We&rsquo;ll get the latest on Sudan from <a href="http://www.hrw.org/en/bios/jehanne-henry-0" target="_blank">Jehanne Henry</a>, a senior researcher in the Africa Division of Human Rights Watch.</p></p> Fri, 18 Mar 2011 17:55:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-03-18/what-lies-ahead-sudan-after-referendum-83926 Baha'i prisoners and violation of students' rights in Iran http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/bahai-prisoners-and-violation-students-rights-iran <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//omid-memarian-300x174.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmedinajad maintains that Iran is a free country and doesn&rsquo;t hold political prisoners. <a target="_blank" href="http://omidmemarian.com/">Omid Memarian</a> strongly disagrees. The Iranian journalist was an Amnesty International prisoner of conscience six years ago. He advocates on behalf of seven Baha'i leaders in Iran imprisoned and given long sentences for practicing their faith. Omid is also publishing a report on student rights violations in Iran.</p><p><br /><em>Omid Memarian will speak tonight at the <a target="_blank" href="http://www.evanstonbahai.org/2010/11/human-rights-day/">Human Rights in Iran: Free the Bahá'í </a>event at 7:00 pm in the Alice Miller Chapel at Northwestern University.<br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </em><br /><br />&nbsp;</p></p> Thu, 09 Dec 2010 17:08:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/bahai-prisoners-and-violation-students-rights-iran Friend of imprisoned Nobel Peace Prize winner says support from international community provides hope http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/friend-imprisoned-nobel-peace-prize-winner-says-support-international-community-pro <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//liu.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Liu Xiaobo, a Chinese university professor and outspoken critic of the Chinese government, was imprisoned in 2009 on subversion charges for his involvement with a political manifesto calling for gradual political reforms in China. He was recently named the 2010 winner of the Nobel Peace Prize.&nbsp; He also received the 2010 Alison Des Forges Award for Extraordinary Activism from Human Rights Watch last week.</p><p>Attorney&nbsp; Yvonne Tong,&nbsp; a family friend of Liu Xiaobo, was in Chicago&nbsp; to accept the Alison Des Forges Award on his behalf.&nbsp; Senior Researcher for the Asia division of <a target="_blank" href="http://www.hrw.org">Human Rights Watch</a>, Nicholas Bequelin also sat down with Jerome to discuss Liu Xiaobo's case. <br />&nbsp;</p></p> Mon, 15 Nov 2010 16:35:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/friend-imprisoned-nobel-peace-prize-winner-says-support-international-community-pro