Rank #1: Organ Harvesting and Trafficking of Chinese Minorities
In this episode, we focus on organ trafficking and transplant abuse in China, and the impact that it has upon minority groups. We are joined by Dr David Matas, who is an international human rights lawyer based in Canada and co-founder of the International Coalition To End Transplant Abuse In China (ETAC)
Oct 20 2019
Rank #2: Can Human Rights Solve the Palestinian Question? (With Dr Ruba Salih & Odette Murray)
We were joined by Dr Ruba Salih (SOAS), expert on Transnational Migration and Gender, and Odette Murray, who is a lecturer in Law.
Feb 03 2018
Rank #3: Bolsonaro and #NotHim: Something Old or Something New?
Nov 24 2018
Rank #4: Is Human Rights a Fable? (with Professor Samuel Moyn)
Mar 26 2018
Rank #5: Wet’suwet’en Strong: Indigenous Land Rights in Canada
In this episode we discuss the Unist’ot’en campaign to protect their land and preserve it for future generations. In 2010, the Unist’ot’en began constructing a cabin in the exact place where three companies, TC Energy, Enbridge, and Pacific Trails, intended to build pipelines. Their campaign has faced hostility and violence, including from the government of Canada, and its national police force, the RCMP. To the dismay of Coastal GasLink and Canada’s colonial government, the camp has received immense support both locally and internationally, with solidarity blockades of Canada’s railroad threatening to shut Canada down. We are joined by Dr Karla Tait, Director of Clinical Programming at the Unist’ot’en Healing Centre, who speaks to her first hand experience and strategies of reoccupying and reconnecting people with the land.
Mar 10 2020
Rank #6: Are Human Rights Always “Good”? Or Are They Weaponized? (with Chase Madar)
Dec 09 2017
Rank #7: Bodies and Borders: Migration in the Digital Age
Technology is redefining the experiences of refugees and asylum seekers in this globalised world, whether it is artificial intelligence (AI) being used to screen their immigration applications or mobile applications designed to help them to access information and healthcare. The implications are far-reaching and complex, since such technological innovations could either strength or undermine human rights.
Moreover, how human bodies are sorted reflects power dynamics and values in the 21st century. For instance, AI could expedite decision-making for immigration agents and reduce the backlog. Yet it is potentially dangerous to use AI in making decisions which could bear life-or-death consequences, by approving or denying a request for asylum.
On this episode, we consider these questions about the current and future use of technology in the immigration space, plus how we should change the conversation so that people can become more informed in using and developing these tools. From the University of Cambridge and the Centre of Governance and Human Rights, this is Declarations and I am Jennifer Tridgell.
We are joined by Petra Molnar, and Matt Mahmoudi. Petra Molnar is the Acting Director of the International Human Rights Program, University of Toronto, and specialises in immigration and human rights law. Matt Mahmoudi is Jo Cox PhD Scholar at the University of Cambridge, where his research focuses on technological marginalisation among refugees and vulnerable migrant populations.
Sep 30 2019
Rank #8: Change in the Niger Delta: Oil Extraction, Greased Palms, and Petro-Capitalism
This week’s episode explores how the petroleum industry in the Niger Delta takes place at the intersection of contentious relations between multinational oil companies, the Nigerian nation-state, and local communities in the oil-producing regions. The guest on the show is Dr Elias Courson, a lecturer at Niger Delta University, Nigeria and a former postdoc fellow at the Centre of African Studies, University of Cambridge.
May 06 2019
Rank #9: Welcome to Season 4
Oct 30 2019
Rank #10: What Can Maps, Twitter, and the Crowd do for Human Rights? (with Sam Dubberley)
In this episode we will be talking about the use of mapping and social media technologies to conduct human rights work, both outside the field and inside the field (what has come to be known as “Open Source Intelligence” or OSINT).
This kind of work increasingly supports how human rights workers know with certainty when something has happened, and is becoming an important part of denouncing and reacting to human rights abuses.
We were joined by Sam Dubberley, Senior Advisor to the Crisis Response Team at Amnesty International, and Manager of the Digital Verification Corps.
Mar 11 2019
Rank #11: Forced Labour in China's Prisons: A Conversation with Peter Humphrey
Join us as we discuss what the viral story of a Christmas card plea from a prisoner inside Shanghai Qingpu Prison tells us about our participation as consumers in regimes of forced labour, as well as the role and responsibility of corporate social responsibility for preventing these human rights violations. We are joined by Peter Humphrey, who speaks first hand about his own experience within this very same prison, where he was incarcerated on false charges for 23 months.
Mar 04 2020
Rank #12: A Right to Sleep: Homelessness and Temporary Housing
The documentary “Cities of Sleep” explores the world of insurgent sleeper communities, as well as the infamous 'sleep mafia' in Delhi. Filmmaker Shaunak Sen and Cambridge PhD candidate Shreyashi Dasgupta join us to discuss the intersection between urban development, changing societies, city life and communities experiencing homelessness.
Jan 21 2019
Rank #13: What is the 'Copenhagen Declaration'?(with Prof. Başak Çalı)
However, the alternative to this can also be viewed as problematic: an independent court that can overrule the decisions of the nation-state is seen by many as having excessive authority and little relevance to domestic concerns.
Professor Çalı shared her expertise on what the Declaration (in draft form at the time) means for the state of human rights in Europe.
Music on this episode was generated by JukeDeck (theme song), and by Alex Finch ('Seeking Clarity')
Jul 07 2018
Rank #14: Accessibility for Persons with Disabilities: A Right or a Privilege?
Jan 14 2020
Rank #15: Do Borders Hide or Reveal Rights? (With Dr Monica Figueroa)
We were joined by Dr Monica Moreno Figueroa, a Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Cambridge. Monica’s research interests include the lived experience of ‘race’ and racism; feminist theory and the interconnections between beauty, emotions and racism with a focus on Latin America.
Mar 21 2018
Rank #16: PROFILE: Dr Alexa Koenig, Berkeley Human Rights Center
While there we met Alexa Koenig, Executive Director at the Berkeley Human Rights Center.
Alexa has had an illustrious career working in the arts, education and politics, before making the jump to a career in Law and Human Rights in particular. She's the author of the highly rated 'Hiding in Plain Sight: The Pursuit of War Criminals from Nuremberg to the War on Terror', and has helped pioneer one of the most significant human rights "innovations" in the digital age; the Human Rights Investigations Lab.
Declarations PROFILE is a new series that covers a wide range of notable and inspiring figures in the human rights world.
Jul 15 2018
Rank #17: Justice in Transition: Reclaiming Rights Within and Without States?
Oct 06 2018
Rank #18: Kashmir: Caught in the Crossfire
Nov 22 2019
Rank #19: Repeal the 8th: Developing a Rights Framework for Abortion?
May 22 2018
Rank #20: External Borders, Internal Politics: What do Democracies owe Refugees? (With Lord Smith of Finsbury)
Aug 16 2018