Human Rights Talks
The Coronavirus Diaries: journalist Nick Aspinwall on the response in Taiwan and The Phillipines

The Coronavirus Diaries: journalist Nick Aspinwall on the response in Taiwan and The Phillipines

April 21, 2020
Nick Aspinwall speaks about Taiwan's response to COVID19, which has been praised around the world, how the country is positioning itself on the world stage, how its relationship with China will evolve. We also discuss The Philippine's disastrous response to the virus, why urban poor populations are particularly at risk, and how President Duterte continues to crack down on critics amid the pandemic. Nick Aspinwall is a journalist based in Taipei. He is an editor at Ketagalan Media, a Taiwan-focused online media outlet. He reports on migration, the environment, labor rights, and the human consequences of cross-strait politics. He has written for The Diplomat, Foreign Policy, South China Morning Post, and AL Jazeera.
The Coronavirus Diaries: Interview with Dr. Jan Ilhan Kizilhan on the need to help protect the Yazidis

The Coronavirus Diaries: Interview with Dr. Jan Ilhan Kizilhan on the need to help protect the Yazidis

April 20, 2020
Dr. Jan Ilhan Kizilhan (Professor, Mental Health, Trauma. Dean of the Institute of Psychotherapy & Psychotraumatology Uni of Duhok, Director Institute of Genocide and Peace Studies) discusses the vulnerability of Yazidis in Northern Iraq and the need for the international community and the UN to help them during the global pandemic.
The Coronavirus Diaries: Paige Morrow (Article19) on holding elections during a pandemic

The Coronavirus Diaries: Paige Morrow (Article19) on holding elections during a pandemic

April 20, 2020

How do you hold elections during a pandemic ? Should they be postponed? Looking at the case of Poland and other European countries, Paige Morrow, Senior Legal Officer at Article19, discusses various approaches and what it means for democracy. She also talks about the importance of access to truthful information and the combating online misinformation.

The Coronavirus Diaries - Journalist Geoffrey York on the response to COVID19 in South Africa and the response to misinformation

The Coronavirus Diaries - Journalist Geoffrey York on the response to COVID19 in South Africa and the response to misinformation

April 17, 2020

Geoffrey York, journalist at the Globe and Mail, speaks about the situation on the African continent, particularly in South Africa, how journalists are covering the pandemic in an accurate way, and the spread of misinformation and conspiracy theories on WhatsApp and how the authorities are responding to the challenge. 

Geoffrey York is The Globe and Mail’s Africa Bureau Chief, based in Johannesburg, South Africa. He has been a foreign correspondent for the newspaper since 1994, including seven years as the Moscow Bureau Chief and seven years as the Beijing Bureau Chief.

The Coronavirus Diaries: Serge Stroobants (IEP) on terrorist groups amid the pandemic, the effects of global threats, and positive peace

The Coronavirus Diaries: Serge Stroobants (IEP) on terrorist groups amid the pandemic, the effects of global threats, and positive peace

April 10, 2020

Serge Stroobants, Brussels Representative at the Institute for Economics and Peace, speaks about the situation in Brussels, the response of terrorist groups to the Coronavirus and the need to remain aware of the terrorist threat even during a global health crisis. Serge also speaks about natural disasters and other global threats, and how governments and international agencies should respond to the global crises, and the need to invest in positive peace.

Serge Stroobants is the Brussels Representative at the Institute for Economics and Peace team. He is Assistant-Professor at Vesalius College in Brussels

 
Coronavirus Diaries: Interview with Rema Jamous Imseis, UNHCR Representative to Canada.

Coronavirus Diaries: Interview with Rema Jamous Imseis, UNHCR Representative to Canada.

April 9, 2020
Rema Jamous Imseis, UNHCR Representative to Canada, discusses the UN's work to protect and assist refugees and IDPs during the global pandemic.
The Coronavirus Diaries: Journalist Terry Glavin on the Chinese Communist Party’s narrative

The Coronavirus Diaries: Journalist Terry Glavin on the Chinese Communist Party’s narrative

April 7, 2020
Terry Glavin speaks about the Chinese Communist Party’s propaganda machinery amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Glavin is a Canadian journalist who has worked as a reporter, columnist and editor for a variety of newspapers. His assignments in recent years have taken him to Afghanistan, Israel, the Russian Far East, the Eastern Himalayas, China and Central America.
The Coronavirus Diaries: Iranian journalist and activist Masih Alinejad speaks about the response of the Iranian political and religious leadership

The Coronavirus Diaries: Iranian journalist and activist Masih Alinejad speaks about the response of the Iranian political and religious leadership

April 6, 2020

Iranian journalist Masih Alinejad speaks about the spread of the coronavirus in Iran, where trustworthy information has been obscured by misinformation, propaganda and conspiracy theories spread by the country's political and religious leadership

Masih Alinejad is an Iranian journalist, author, and political activist. Contracted by the U.S. Agency for Global Media, Alinejad currently works as a presenter/producer at VOA Persian Service, a correspondent for Radio Farda, a frequent contributor to Manoto television, and a contributing editor to IranWire

The Coronavirus Diaries: Andrei Serbin Pont (CRIES) on the impact of the pandemic in South America.

The Coronavirus Diaries: Andrei Serbin Pont (CRIES) on the impact of the pandemic in South America.

April 3, 2020

Andrei Serbin Pont discusses the impact of the coronavirus in Latin America, particularly in Brazil, Venezuela, Colombia and Argentina. In Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro has become the leader of the coronavirus denial movement. In Venezuela, years of economic and political crisis have left Venezuela’s medical system in a state of almost total collapse. How will poor populations across the region deal with the loss of employment and need for social distancing. Andrei Serbin Pont offers an overview of the consequences of the pandemic in South America.

Andrei Serbin Pont is the Director of CRIES (Coordinadora Regional de Investigaciones Económicas y Sociales), a Latin American and Caribbean think tank.

The Corononavirus Diaries: Prof. Florian Bieber on the impact of the virus on nationalism in Europe

The Corononavirus Diaries: Prof. Florian Bieber on the impact of the virus on nationalism in Europe

April 3, 2020
Prof. Florian Bieber discusses authoritarianism and nationalism in the time of the Coronavirus in Europe. We speak about the situation in Hungary, state of emergency in Europe, the prospect of more decline of democracy and how to prevent it. Prof. Bieber is a political scientist working on inter-ethnic relations, ethnic conflict and nationalism, focusing on Southeastern Europe. He is a Professor in South East European Studies at the Center for South East European Studies of the University of Graz.