28 episodes

How can 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?
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, HRDs, journalists and civic activists to discuss how you, your local NGO, your state can use existing human rights instruments and principles to empower, to protect, and to bring perpetrators to justice.

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How can 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?
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, HRDs, journalists and civic activists to discuss how you, your local NGO, your state can use existing human rights instruments and principles to empower, to protect, and to bring perpetrators to justice.

    How to survive in hell: Belarusian prison reality guide (part 3)

    How to survive in hell: Belarusian prison reality guide (part 3)

    One moment you stand up for your people's right to democracy and freedom, the next you are sentenced to 15 days of detention. Unimaginable? Not in Belarus.

    This is the story of a woman who lived through that experience twice, and wrote a survival guide to Belarusian prison. In this third episode, you'll hear advice on how to stay relatively sane during detention.



    The third episode covers 15 days of detention: psychological hygiene, organisation of everyday life, rituals and pastimes, and liberation.



    If you want to learn more about the Belarusian struggle for freedom, you might find Aliaksei Paluyan's 2021 documentary 'Courage' and Krzysztof Lukaszewicz's 2013 drama 'Viva Belarus' interesting.

    Find out how you can support and express solidarity:

    Write a letter to a political prisoner: https://spring96.org/en/news/101367DissidentBY: https://dissidentby.com/en, a non-profit initiative supporting political prisoners.BY_help: https://www.belarus97.pro/eng, a civic campaign supporting dissidents and their families.Politvyazynka: https://m.facebook.com/100085144390317/ https://instagram.com/politvyazynka?igshid=YmMyMTA2M2Y=, an activist's project highlighting female political prisoners.

    Learn more about the Akrestsina pre-trial detention centre: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Okrestina

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    • 24 min
    How to survive in hell: Belarusian prison reality guide (part 2)

    How to survive in hell: Belarusian prison reality guide (part 2)

    One moment you’re standing up for freedom and democracy, the next you’re sentenced to 15 days’ detention. Unimaginable? Not in Belarus.

    This is the story of a woman who lived through that experience twice and transformed it into a guide to surviving Belarusian prison.

    This is the second episode of the mini-series, covering arrest and trial.

    If you want to learn more about Belarus’ struggle for freedom, you may enjoy Aliaksei Paluyan's 2021 documentary 'Courage' and Krzysztof Lukaszewicz's 2013 drama 'Viva Belarus'.

    Also, read the today's statement by international and Belarusian rights groups calling to end the ill-treatment of Maria Kalesnikava and all the other political prisoners: https://www.hrw.org/news/2023/06/12/belarus-stop-ill-treatment-opposition-politician

    Want to support the cause and express your solidarity? Here are some ways you can do that:


    Write a letter to a political prisoner: https://spring96.org/en/news/101367


    DissidentBY: https://dissidentby.com/en, a non-profit initiative supporting political prisoners.


    BY_help: https://www.belarus97.pro/eng, a civic campaign supporting dissidents and their families.


    Politvyazynka: https://m.facebook.com/100085144390317/ and https://www.instagram.com/politvyazynka/, an activist project highlighting female political prisoners.



    Learn more about the Akrestsina pre-trial detention centre: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Okrestina

    Belarusians singing ‘Peremen’ by Kino, which became the anthem of the democratic opposition: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WMdrQvQRFzM

    To avoid missing out on the remaining survival guide chapters, subscribe to our podcast and automatically have new episodes appear in your feed.

    • 12 min
    How to survive in hell: Belarusian prison reality guide (part 1)

    How to survive in hell: Belarusian prison reality guide (part 1)

    One moment you’re standing up for freedom and democracy, the next you’re sentenced to 15 days’ detention. Unimaginable? Not in Belarus.

    This is the story of a woman who lived through that experience twice and used that experience to write a guide to surviving Belarusian prison. In this first episode, you'll hear how to prepare for detention because, sadly, in Belarus, ordinary citizens can become political prisoners at any given moment.

    If you want to learn more about Belarus’ struggle for freedom, you may enjoy Aliaksei Paluyan's 2021 documentary 'Courage' and Krzysztof Lukaszewicz's 2013 drama 'Viva Belarus'.

    Here are some ways you can support the cause and express your solidarity:


    Write a letter to a political prisoner: https://spring96.org/en/news/101367


    DissidentBY: https://dissidentby.com/en, a non-profit initiative supporting political prisoners.


    BY_help: https://www.belarus97.pro/eng, a civic campaign supporting dissidents and their families.


    Politvyazynka: https://m.facebook.com/100085144390317/ and https://www.instagram.com/politvyazynka/, an activist project highlighting female political prisoners.



    Learn more about the Akrestsina pre-trial detention centre: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Okrestina

    To avoid missing out on the remaining survival guide chapters, subscribe to our podcast and automatically have new episodes appear in your feed.

    • 14 min
    Public funds with limited responsibility: IFIs and human rights due diligence

    Public funds with limited responsibility: IFIs and human rights due diligence

    How do international financial institutions (IFIs) conduct due diligence on projects they finance? In this episode we will try to answer this question together with Xavier Sol - Director of Counter Balance, and Manana Kochladze - Chairwoman of Georgian NGO "Green Alternative" and Regional Coordinator for the Caucasus at CEE Bankwatch. In particular, we will look at the human rights role in IFIs' due diligence process and discuss the identification, monitoring, and assessment of projects' risks and impacts. We will look specifically at the European Investment Bank (EIB) - "the lending arm of the EU". On 1 February, the EIB will hold its annual seminar between civil society and the EIB’s Board of Directors, with a thematic discussion on “strengthening the EIB’s sustainability framework.” 

    • 29 min
    Looking through UN lens: situation of Uyghurs in Xinjiang (part 2)

    Looking through UN lens: situation of Uyghurs in Xinjiang (part 2)

    This is the second episode in our series on the situation of Uyghurs and other minorities in Xinjiang. This time we focus on legal aspects and international mechanisms surrounding the issue. Our guest is Fernand de Varennes - Extraordinary Professor at the Faculty of Law of the University of Pretoria (South Africa), Adjunct Professor at the National University of Ireland-Galway (Ireland), and Cheng Yu Tung Visiting Professor at the Faculty of Law of the University of Hong Kong (China). Since August 2017 Fernand de Varennes has been serving as United Nations Special Rapporteur on Minority Issues.

    The first episode of the series is devoted to the history of Uyghurs, China’s minority policy and relations with its Central Asian neighbors. It is available here.

    • 28 min
    Tragedy of the 'new old land': situation of Uyghurs in Xinjiang (part 1)

    Tragedy of the 'new old land': situation of Uyghurs in Xinjiang (part 1)

    The word “Uyghur” has gained popularity in human rights recently, and so has the fight for its people’s liberation from what is considered to be the biggest crime against humanity of our century. Numbers vary, but it is estimated that over one million people have been sent to internment camps in the Xinjiang since 2017.

    In today’s episode we will be focusing on the history of Uyghurs, China’s minority policy and relations with its Central Asian neighbors.

    Our distinguished guest is Dr. Dru C. Gladney, Professor and Chair of Anthropology at Pomona College, California.

    This is the first episode in our series on the situation of Uyghurs and other minorities in Xinjiang. 

    • 34 min

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