Category “Human Rights”

Discrimination: They Think It’s All Over

These days jobs can seem to be few and far between for those unfortunate enough to be currently unemployed, the process of getting one can also seem quite complicated, especially if you live in Northern Ireland. When you apply for a job here you have to fill in a form telling your employer your religion, your race, if your married, your age and sometimes even your sexuality, but the people who are appointing you this position or interviewing you are technically not allowed to ask for personal information such as this. Why is this? well in case they discriminate against...

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Klansville U.S.A.

In this episode of American Experience we are shown first hand how the once most liberal southern state of America (North Carolina), became home to the largest Klan organisation in the country, the Ku Klux Klan. They seemed to have lay dormant for decades but in 1954 after the Supreme Court: Brown v. Board of Education decision, i.e. states running separate schools based on race were deemed to be unconstitutional, it wasn't surprising that this ruffled a few feathers, causing some to turn to the...

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Forced Adoption In The UK

RT (Russia Today) recently released this film which shines a light on one of the more controversial issues faced by some parents in living in the United Kingdom today and thats forced adoption. The UK is one of only two European countries that allows for the state to force a child into adoption without the consent of a child's biological parents. Some families have had no other choice but to leave the UK seeking refuge in neighbouring countries such as Ireland.  Many human right activists have raised concerns about the fairness of such a system and the integrity of the social workers who...

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The Defectors

In this Sky News special reporter Mark Stone meets up with several North Korean defectors in order to give them a chance to be heard and tell their story of how life once was for them living in the North. The testimony you will hear in this film is shocking, heartbreaking and continues to happen right now, stories of murder, slavery, torture, imprisonment and rape all of which is unparalleled in the modern world and recalled by those that survived...

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Apple’s Broken Promises

In this Panorama special the truth about Apple and your iPhone is revealed, for the first time secret filming from inside the high security Chinese factories where Apples products are made show the reality of life on the production line. What this film discovers is an exhausted work force with staff falling asleep as they work. Panorama also travels further down the supply train to find children digging for the tin that the industry needs and evidence that tin from illegal and dangerous mines is being supplied to Apple. The most valuable company in the world builds the gadgets we all love...

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Rwanda’s Untold Story

Rwanda is a country dominated by its dark history, the senseless barbarity of the genocide still shocks us even to this day. We think we know the story but do we? Rwanda is ruled by president Kagame, regarded by many as the saviour of his country but what kind of man is Paul Kagame? He is a man with powerful friends. Twenty years on from the genocide what is the truth about Rwanda? This BBC film set about investigating evidence of Kagame's role in the shooting down of the presidential plan that resulted in provoking the 1994 killings and also questions his claims of having ended the...

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Suffer The Little Children

Suffer The Little Children is a documentary by NBC which aired in 1968, this ground-breaking film set about exposing the Pennhurst State School which has since been described as the shame of a nation. Having opened it's doors in November of 1908, this state-funded school / hospital became extremely overcrowded within a short period of time, taking in those who were suffering from mental illness or criminals, orphans, etc. i.e. people who could not be housed elsewhere. The school quickly became the center of a human rights movement which eventually revolutionized America's approach to...

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Pol Pot

In the early 1970's a single minded revolutionary lay concealed in the Cambodian jungle. As American bombs exploded around him he remained obsessed with his secret plan to destroy his own culture in the name of utopia. In building his perfect society his regime reeked of chaos, 2 million people died nearly one in every four Cambodians. This is the story of how Pol Pot gained power and the atrocities he committed once he got...

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Blood Diamond

Diamonds, timeless, beautiful, symbols of love, they come in different colors, shapes and sizes their value measured by carat, cut and clarity. They are the worlds most precious gem but in west and central Africa their cost has been greater than anyone could have imagined. These diamonds have been used to fund wars and have been linked to terrorist organizations. It is a story few know, it is the story of blood...

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