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Programmes Archive 2000-2001

"I have a right to..." is BBC World Service's largest ever global education project. Awareness-raising debates and events in participating countries and radio programmes were broadcast to a potential audience of 125 million people.

A Simple Guide To Human Rights. Two twelve-part series for BBC World Learning presented by Charu Shahane and Orin Gordon covering key articles of the UDHR.
Broadcast January - July 2001.

To mark World Human Rights Day, on 10th December in 2000, the BBC African Service ran a series of programmes. The producer, Josephine Hazeley from Sierra Leone, travelled to Uganda, Malawi and Sierra Leone to record interviews. You can listen to the programmes below.

African Perspective
Josephine Hazeley reported from her home country Sierra Leone on how people were dealing with the aftermath of the gross violation of human rights that occurred during the rebel war
  • the first programme looked at the use of systematic rape by rebel forces (dur 30 mins)
  • the second programme asked: were child soldiers the perpetrators or victims of violence? (dur 30 mins)
  • In the final programme, Josephine Hazeley traveled to Uganda to report on prisoners' rights (dur 30 mins)
Josephine Onike Hazeley
Josephine Hazeley
Talkabout Africa
  A debate from Malawi, a county going through difficult economic times with workers losing their jobs. The privatisation of state enterprises seems the government's way out. But how much attention does the government pay to workers' right in the privatisation exercise? Taking part in the debate were an executive of the government's privatisation board, a trade unionist from the Malawi Congress of Trade Union, an economist and a labour rights lawyer. (dur 30 mins)
Postmark Africa
  Listeners take charge of content - recorded in Malawi and Sierra Leone. (dur 30 mins)
A special edition of the popular African arts programme from Sierra Leone and Uganda focused on how theatre can help promote human rights awareness. It also asked how free are playwrights and performers to exercise the right to self expression? (dur 30 mins)

Majlina Zeqiri presented nine programmes covering issues such as co-existence with minority groups (Roma and Serbs in Kosovo, Greeks in Albania and Albanians in Macedonia), child victims of vendetta crimes, juvenile crime and women's rights.
Broadcast from January 2001.

Arabic Online looked at human rights issues across the Arabic and Middle East region.

Featuring material from China, Honk Kong and Taiwan, the series looked at the UDHR and specific issues like the death penalty, prisoners' rights, domestic violence, village elections, the right to remain silent, and the right to join trade union. The programmes were featured on BBC World Service Chinese website.
Broadcast August 2001.

Jamila Tangaza looked at human rights issues and abuses in Nigeria, where there is now an "infant democracy" after years of military regimes. She produced and presented eight 12-minute programmes on subjects such as free expression and Sharia law.
Broadcast January - February 2001.
As a follow up to this series, a two-day event in front of a live audience in Nigeria was organised and recorded as part of "I have a right to . . ." The programmes use drama to focus on rights to equality, education, freedom of expression, and include debate, discussion and participation from the audience.
Broadcast from December 2001.

Over twelve weeks, Salma Zaidi looked at the right to justice and equality, guaranteed by law in India but often lacking for ordinary people who regard the legal system as too complicated or prone to corruption.
Broadcast January - April 2001.
A second series of "I have a right to ..." covered events in five Hindi-speaking cities in 'Reith' lecture format with high-profile speakers including the Magsaysay Award winning Aruna Roy, followed by a panel discussions with participation from an invited audiences. Lectures discussed topical human rights issues, such as the right to freedom of expression, the right to equality and the right to food.
Broadcast from January 2002.

Sergei Zakin traveled to St Petersburg, Voronezh and Ingushetia for ten programmes reporting on the plight of Chechen refugees, the progress of judicial reform and press freedom.
Broadcast January - March 2001.
Sergei Zakin revisited Russia to stage events using a debate and 'Any Questions' format in St. Petersburg, Nazran, Perm and Moscow. Events were organised in partnership with NGOs Memorial and Citizen's Watch and covered issues such as the alternative to military service, and freedom of information and the mass-media in Russia. All events were recorded by BBC Russian Service.
Broadcast from November - December 2001.

In eight programmes, Natasa Narancic looked at human rights in the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia after the significant political changes in Belgrade.
Broadcast from April 2001.

Adrián Fernández traveled to USA, Mexico, Argentina and Colombia for eight programmes covering issues such as the death penalty and the rights of indigenous peoples.
Broadcast January - March 2001. To build on the first series, "I have a right to..." looked in depth at the issue of migration in Mexico and organised a series of tailor-made events in partnership with Detrás de la Noticia, a major Mexican broadcaster. The events, scheduled for 2002, included a day of debates in Mexico City, with panels and prominent guests in the human rights field, from NGOs and international organisations.
The debates were broadcast live on Detrás de la Noticia with programme material produced by Elva Narcia, the BBC World Service Spanish correspondent in Mexico.
It was followed with a day training journalists from Radio Stations across Mexico in human rights broadcasting.
On 22 January 2002, in conjunction with the live broadcast, launched its dedicated pages to human rights and migration.

Jumbe Omare Jumbe traveled to Kenya & Tanzania for ten programmes covering issues such as redress through the courts, prison conditions and economic and social rights.
Broadcast January - March 2001.
"I have a right to..." looked at the dilemma of the right to land over the right to employment. In partnership with NGOs and legal experts in Kenya, the BBC developed a drama in a 'moot court' format to illustrate the issue. The drama was staged and recorded in Nairobi in front of a live audience.
Broadcast in August - December 2001.

Aygen Aytac traveled to nine towns in Turkey, as well as Brussels, Vienna and Strasbourg as she examined freedom of expression, torture, capital punishment and economic and social inequality in fifteen programmes.
Broadcast March - May 2001.

Nayeema Ahmad traveled throughout Pakistan for ten programmes with particular emphasis on women's issues such as honour killings, forced marriages, the trafficking of women and domestic violence
Broadcast January - March 2001.

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