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A podcast featuring the people and ideas that are driving -and disrupting -human rights around the world. You can learn more about the project at our website, www.strengthandsolidarity.org. We welcome your feedback and your suggestions. In particular, if you have a poem or text, a speech, or a piece of music that expresses something important about your own commitment to rights, please tell us about it at pod@strengthandsolidarity.org.

Strength & Solidarity Strength & Solidarity

    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 12 Ratings

A podcast featuring the people and ideas that are driving -and disrupting -human rights around the world. You can learn more about the project at our website, www.strengthandsolidarity.org. We welcome your feedback and your suggestions. In particular, if you have a poem or text, a speech, or a piece of music that expresses something important about your own commitment to rights, please tell us about it at pod@strengthandsolidarity.org.

    23. Egypt: When professionalizing your organization makes you safer

    23. Egypt: When professionalizing your organization makes you safer

    The Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR) didn’t give much thought to its internal processes in its early years. It was focused on those whose rights were being abused, not on building an administrative paragon. But with the organization expanding amid the 2011 revolution, ad hoc informality no longer seemed viable or appropriate. The leadership began to put new systems in place, and a board, in order to strengthen EIPR’s operations for whatever opportunities and challenges lay ahead. For many in the human rights field, investing in what seems like bureaucracy can look perverse - a distraction from the mission. Veteran EIPR leader Gasser Abdel-Razek reflects on the pros and cons of the path EIPR chose, and its very personal significance on the day he found himself under interrogation.

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    • 29 min
    22, Part 2. A high stakes struggle to win rights and justice for Libya

    22, Part 2. A high stakes struggle to win rights and justice for Libya

    In this second part of our episode featuring Libyan human rights lawyer Elham Saudi, we get an up-close look at international mediation efforts to broker an agreement between rival political actors and establish a stable democratic government in Libya. As a civil society representative in the UN-convened Libya Political Dialogue Forum (LPDF), Elham has a ringside seat from which to observe the compromises being made to cobble together an agreement - and she’s not too impressed.

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    • 17 min
    22, Part 1. A high stakes struggle to win rights and justice for Libya

    22, Part 1. A high stakes struggle to win rights and justice for Libya

    With the fall of Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi in 2011 ,four decades of tyranny came to an end and Libya experienced an all too brief period of optimism–its own Arab Spring. But the hopes were overwritten by a lawless and violent competition for power and resources, egged on by foreign actorskeen to access the country’s mineral wealth.  If you were an advocate of justice and human rights in a democratic state of laws, where did that leave you? How could you advance your vision in such conditions? Human rights lawyer Elham Saudi was eventually forced into exile by hostile militias but she tells host Akwe Amosu how she and the rest of civil society are keeping the flame alive, albeit at great personal cost. And in the Coda, Guatemalan activist Gabriel Wer shares a haunting poem by Argentinian poet Juan Gelman on keeping faith with the country and culture that made you, even if you have to leave. 

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    • 36 min
    22. [Excerpt] The Coda: Keeping faith with your country -from exile

    22. [Excerpt] The Coda: Keeping faith with your country -from exile

    For the human rights defender forced to leave their home country to get away from threats of violence or detention, there is a strange life ahead –of dislocation and adaption to a new culture, while remaining umbilically connected to their place of origin. Guatemalan activist Gabriel Wer shares a poem by celebrated Argentinian poet Juan Gelman who lived much of his life in exile.

    • 7 min
    21. Myanmar’s citizens battle military rule - alone

    21. Myanmar’s citizens battle military rule - alone

    It is 14 months since the military once again seized power in Myanmar, using merciless brutality to suppress civic protest. From day one of the coup in February 2021, millions of students, workers, opposition politicians, and professionals have mobilized daily with extraordinary courage. The International Crisis Group reports that 1,500 civilians have been killed and nearly 9,000 more arrested, charged or jailed. Even as public protest continues, a great many have concluded that armed resistance is the only option. Help from international actors has been slow to build, an ambivalence all the more glaring amid the global mobilization to defend “democracy’s frontline”in Ukraine. Rohingya organiser Wai Wai Nu reflects on the roots of Burmese protest and determination. And in the Coda, LGBTQ+ activist Ryan Figueiredo shares a Denise Levertov poem that lightens the spirit.

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    • 31 min
    21. [Excerpt] The Coda: Valuing friction in the work of advancing rights

    21. [Excerpt] The Coda: Valuing friction in the work of advancing rights

    Denise Levertov’s poem, Making Peace, says that we bring peace into the world by speaking it and for Ryan Figueiredo, there’s special meaning here for the social justice activist. Fighting to make rights and justice a reality inevitably causes in friction but that’s not a negative, Ryan says, it polishes us in the work that we do, perhaps-as the poem has it-“facets of the forming crystal.”

    • 5 min

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