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Global & Human Rights Issues

Human Rights & Wrongs: Tajikistan

First segment: Report from the former Soviet Republic of Tajikistan, where the civil war has led to many deaths, summary executions, disappearances and ethnic strife. Second segment: Profiles Fr. Richardo Rezende and his work defending poor, landless peasants in the Brazilian Amazon. Third segment: Chronicles the global effort to define peacemaking and to examine the interplay of conflict resolution and human rights through an interview with professional mediator Adam Curle. Fourth segment takes a look at forced labor in Burma.

Human Rights & Wrongs: Thailand

First segment: From Bangkok, an examination of Thailand's burgeoning, multi-billion dollar, sex industry and the sexual trafficking of minors. Second segment: Through excerpts from the film "Cuba va," shows the diversity of opinions held by Cuban youths about the Revolution. Third segment: Profiles the Nobel Peace Prize winner, Rigoberta Menchu, who fights for the rights of indigenous people in Guatemala and around the world. Fourth segment: A look at the impact of American rap and rock n' roll music on the Cuban music scene. Broadcast June 25, 1994. 27 mins

Human Rights & Wrongs: Africa: The Uncovered Continent. Part 1

Contents: [Pt 1]. Somalia intervention: right or wrong? -- [Pt. 2] Standing up for justice (Zaire). The first segment examines the wisdom and consequences of American and United Nations humanitarian intervention in Somalia. In the second segment the economic and social decay and poverty in Zaire are examined through the eyes of Zairian human rights advocate Floribert Chebeya. 27 mins

Human Rights & Wrongs: Africa: The Uncovered Continent. Part 2

First segment: Profiles the South African peacemaker and minister, Beyers Naude, an Afrikaner who gave up a life of privilege to follow his anti-apartheid convictions. Second segment: Interviews with former political prisoner and human rights defender, Wangari Maathai with a rebuttal from Kenyan Ambassador Don Nanjira concerning human rights issues in Kenya. Concludes with a preview of films entered in the upcoming Human Rights Watch International Films Festival in New York. This program also contains 4 public service television advertisments encouraging black Africans to vote.

Human Rights & Wrongs: Brazil

This episode focuses on Brazil's Waiapi peoples who fight to maintain control over their lands. Excepts from Jeffrey O'Connor's film "At the Edge of Conquest, " offers a dramatic and intimate account of the Waiapi tribe's controntation with the Brazilian government in an attempt to secure permanent boundaries and to halt illegal mining procedures on their territory. The film concludes with examples of other indigenous peoples around the world who are fighting for land rights. Broadcast April 23, 1994. Broadcast April 13, 1995. 27 mins

Human Rights & Wrongs: Burma (Mayanmar: The "Keep Quiet" Regime)

First segment: Examines the human rights crisis in Myanmar and the brutal suppression of basic civil liberties by the Burmese military. Second segment: An interview with Kenneth Roth of Human Rights Watch, about ethnic warfare, new ways to link trade and human rights and how the Clinton administration is viewed by human rights activists. Third segment: A look inside New York City's El Puente Academy of Peace and Justice ("Human rights high") which centers it curriculum around human rights and peace and justice issues. Broadcast April 23, 1994. Broadcast May 7, 1994. 27 mins

Human Rights & Wrongs: Chechnya (Chechnya: Russia's Human Rights Nightmare.)

First segment: An update on the ongoing conflict in Russia's Chechnya with comments from Sergei Kovalev, Russia's former Commissioner of Human Rights, and Ludmilla Thorne, a human rights specialist at Freedom House. Second segment: Thomas Goltz's video diary about the village of Somashki in Chechnya and its efforts to defend itself from the Russian army's assault. Third segment: An exclusive interview with Fred Cuny, a disaster relief specialist and human rights activist who traveled to Chechnya in 1995 where he has been missing and is now presumed dead. Broadcast May 1, 1996. 27 mins

Human Rights & Wrongs: Child Labor. [Part 1]

First segment: Looks at Pakistan's system of child labor and the movement to abolish it with excerpts from "The Carpet," a documentary film by Magnus Bergmar. The segment concludes with an examination of the tragic death of Iqbal Masih and charges that his death was part of a conspiracy against him by Pakistan's carpet "mafia." Second segment: An interview with UNICEF deputy executive director, Guido Bertolaso. Broadcast April 25, 1995. 27 mins

Human Rights & Wrongs: Child Labor. [Part 2]

First segment: Investigates the complicity of U.S. corporations in the global exploitation of children through the promotion by celebrity endorsements of products produced by children in Third World Countries. Includes excerpts from the film "Zoned for slavery." Second segment: Examines the life a child worker in Pakistan's brick kiln industry through excerpts from the film "My life is mine," produced by Magnus Bergmar. Third segment: New York Times columnist, Bob Herbert, discusses the response of American corporations to the public outcry against child labor. Broadcast July 24, 1996.

Human Rights & Wrongs: Children & Human Rights [Part 1]

First segment: An overview of the conditions of children around the world with a discussion of their intrinsic rights to live, to be free from abuse and forced labor and provided with health care and education. Second segment: Presents a rap video, "What's the right?" written and performed by students at El Puente Academy for Peace and Justice in New York. Third segment: Profiles a 13 year old African-American boy living in Washington, D.C. and a 15 year old girl in India. Fourth segment: Reports on the recent brutality against Brazilian street children.