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Human Rights - Patagonia

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First broadcast:
Saturday 27 November 2010

John McCarthy meets the human rights advocate Bianca Jagger and asks her about a lifetime of travel from her home country of Nicaragua and student protests in the Paris of the sixties to her recent work in the state of Orissa in India protesting at the effects on the local tribes of aluminium processing there. John also talks to the Welsh actor Matthew Rhys about his trek on horseback across Patagonia. He joined a group of Welsh Patagonian riders recreating the original nineteenth century journey from the Atlantic to the Andes in search of fertile land to settle.

Producer: Harry Parker.

  • Bianca Jagger

    is the Founder and Chair of the Bianca Jagger Human Rights Foundation, a Council of Europe Goodwill Ambassador, a Member of the Executive Director's Leadership Council, Amnesty International, USA and a Trustee of the Amazon Charitable Trust. She collaborated with many humanitarian organisations over the years and in the course of her work Bianca has travelled all over the world often under very challenging and dangerous circumstances.

    Find out more about Bianca Jagger
  • Matthew Rhys

    is a Welsh actor who grew up in Cardiff. He acted in number of films and TV dramas, but first came to major attention acting opposite Kathleen Turner in The Graduate on the London stage. Matthew first went to Patagonia on holiday in 2000 and returned there in 2002 with his father. In 2005 he joined a group of horse riders recreating the early days of the Welsh settlers and their epic trek from the Atlantic coast to the foot of the Andes and Matthew has written a book chronicling the trip. In March 2011 he appears in ‘Patagonia’, a feature film partly set in the region, in which he plays a Welsh Patagonian.

    Patagonia – Crossing the Plain (Croesi’r Paith)
    Publisher: Gomer Press
    ISBN-10: 1848511973
    ISBN-13: 978-1848511972

    Find out more about Matthew Rhys



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