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Global & Human Rights Issues

Human Rights & Wrongs: North America

First segment: Through excerpts from "Freedom on my mind, " documents Mississippi's "Freedom summer," when the civil rights struggle for the right of African Americans to vote brought world wide attention to human rights abuses in the U.S. Second segment: Examines the hydroelectric project at James Bay, Quebec which has spawned conflict between Cree Indians and the state-owned energy company. Third segment: Examines the U.S. Army's School of the Americas' which trains soldiers, some of whom have become Latin America's worst dictators.

Human Rights & Wrongs: North/South

Contents: [Pt. 1] Mexico: high price of profit -- [Pt. 2. Interview with Svetlana Slapsak and Zoran Mutic] -- [Pt. 3] Texas/USA: burder injustice. The first segment examines the impact of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and U.S. industry's search for cheap labor and manufacturing costs on health, the environment, labor and civil liberties in Mexico. The second segment is an interview with two writers; Bosnian author, Zoran Mutic, and Serbian author Svetlana Slapsak, on their views of the ethnic turmoil in Sarajevo.

Human Rights & Wrongs: Northern Ireland

Contents: [Pt. 1. Northern Ireland] -- [Pt. 2.] Sarajevo: a street under siege. First segment: Examines the human rights conditions in Northern Ireland through interviews with both Catholic and Protestant citizens on issues of employment, housing and the vote. Includes an interview with Bernadette Devlin and Peter Westmacott of the British parliament. Second segment: Presents a video diary on how the seige in Sarajevo has affected the lives of ordinary people on one street, intercut by an interview with N.Y. Times reporter John Burns who spent 18 months in Sarajevo.

Human Rights & Wrongs: On the Edge of Peace (Israel and Palestine: At the Edge of Peace?)

First segment: Presents two "video diaries" taped between 1993 and 1996 by a Palestinian living in a refugee camp and an Israeli settler living a few miles away. Each presents their perspectives on the ongoing peace process in the Middle East, the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin, and the difficulties of ensuring a real and lasting peace. Second segment: Interview with U.N. Under Secretary General Terje Larsen on his views of peacekeeping strategies in the Middle East. Broadcast May 9, 1996. 27 mins

Human Rights & Wrongs: Panama Deception

Discusses the film "The Panama Deception" which is critical of the coverage given by the media of the U.S. invasion of Panama in December, 1989. Through interviews with the director of the film, the U.N. ambassador to Panama and others, the issues of censorship of the American media for political purposes is explored. Broadcast April 28, 1993. 27 mins

Human Rights & Wrongs: Peace & Conflict Resolution. [Part 1].

First segment: Report on the 1995 Tomorrow's Leaders Conference held in Venice, Italy, and sponsored by Nobel Laureate, Eli Wiesel. Young people from Northern Ireland, the former Yugoslavia, Africa, the Middle East and the United States, join seasoned foreign diplomats in discussions about tolerance, dialogue and negotiations. Second segment: An interview with holocaust survivor Eli Wiesel, on the importance of dialogue.

Human Rights & Wrongs: Peace & Conflict Resolution. [Part 2].

A profile of three different programs which attempt to heal the conflicts in nations. First segment: Examines, through excerpts from the documentary film "Leap of faith," the creation of an integrated school of Catholics and Protestants established by parents in Northern Ireland to begin the process of religious and political reconciliation. Second segment: Investigates through excerpts from the film "Seeds of Peace," a unique summer camp in Maine, where young Israelis and Palestinians learn to understand each other and resolve differences constructively.

Human Rights & Wrongs: Rape as a Weapon of War

Contents: [Pt 1]. Rape, weapon of war: women's rights -- [Pt. 2] Culture: a priority. Presents evidence that rape has become a conscious war strategy in many conflicts, including Bosnia, Kashmir, Iraq and Peru. Includes interviews with rape victims, soldiers, experts and activists in human rights. It also looks at the emergence of a global women's movement, which is trying to get rape classified as a "crime against humanity." Concludes with a music video about women's rights by the all women rap group, Sweet Honey in the Rock. BroadcastSeptember 8, 1993. 27 mins

Human Rights & Wrongs: Rwanda

First segment: A look at what has happened since the war between members of Hutu and Tutsi ethnic groups in the Central African republic of Rwanda. Despite its many problems people are beginning to rebuild their lives as evidenced by a visit to a wedding ceremony. Second segment: An interview with Kenneth Roth, Exec. Director of Human Rights Watch, on the impact war crimes tribunals have had in Rwanda and around the world. First segment: A look at what has happened since the war between members of Hutu and Tutsi ethnic groups in the Central African republic of Rwanda.

Human Rights & Wrongs: Safe Haven? Parts 1 & 2

In Srebrenica, Bosnia, designated a "safe haven," by the United Nations, the Serbian forces massacred Bosnian Moslems after they captured the city in July, 1995. First segment: Examines the fall of Srebrenica and investigates whether U.N. officials were complicit in the slaughter and displacement of thousands of innocent civilians. Includes excerpts from the film "Safe haven: the United Nations and th betrayal of Srebrenica," directed by Ilan Ziv. Second segment: Continues the investigation of the betrayal of civilians in Srebrenica through interviews with former State Dept.

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