| "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.
BBC World Affairs Correspondent Rageh Omaar presented four programmes
highlighting current international debates over human rights:
Whose human rights are worth going to war over?; Food versus
Freedom; Holding rebel groups to account and International Justice.
The series producer was Charu Shahane.
October - November 2000.
ENGLISH (WORLD LEARNING)
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
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
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
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,
BBCmundo.com launched its dedicated pages to human rights
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.
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
January - March 2001.