We’ve done some podcast exploring and created a list of our favorite human rights and civil resistance episodes. Listen in on interviews and conversations by activists, lecturers, public radio broadcasters and more! This resource roundup is accessible to ALL users and anyone wanting to learn more about human rights topics and global social movements.
A great intro or refresher on human rights. A well researched and documented BBC production. 2 episodes, 30 minutes each. Available online.
The perfect introduction to the subject of civil resistance. With accessible language and engaging speakers, the episode effectively incorporates examples of civil resistance movements from around the world. Hosted by Public Radio International. 1 episode, 50 minutes. Available online + Apple Podcast App.
Are you familiar with nonviolent civil resistance movements? Whether the answer is yes or no, this conversation with Professor Erica Chenoweth in this podcast explores the topic in depth. You will learn about the success of nonviolent movements contrasted with violence and hear about real-world examples. 1 episode, 45 minutes. Available online + AppleiTunes.
If you’re wanting more information on nonviolent resistance movements connected with human rights, this episode is for you. Dr. Maria J. Stephan has worked with Professor Erica Chenoweth in documenting the success and impacts of nonviolent movements. This episode explores the rise and mobilization of authoritarianism worldwide. 1 episode, 50 minutes. Available online + Apple Podcast App.
Are you looking for someone to lay some groundwork on international human rights law? The Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law podcast is a great starting point. Focused on international human rights mechanisms, this podcast provides practical information on how these mechanisms work. These episodes are very accessible to people who may not come from a human rights background and provide an engaging conversation for the listener. Episodes range from 15-90 minutes. Available online + Apple Podcast App.
We reviewed 2 episodes of this podcast that we recommend:
If you’d like to gain additional perspectives on how human rights law works in practice, this podcast will allow you to do so. The podcast profiles prominent human rights law professors and experts, and explores questions like “Is Human Rights a Fable?” (Episode from March 25). Episodes range from 35-60 minutes. Available on Soundcloud + GooglePlay + Apple Podcast App + Soundcloud.
Amnesty International’s Spanish podcast is a great way to stay up-to-date on human rights news and ongoing struggles regarding human rights defenders. If you want reliable news to drive your activism, we recommend listening to this podcast. Episodes range from 3-5 minutes. Available online.
For those interested in humanitarian work and/or international humanitarian law this podcast is for you. Created with support from the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, the content is conflict-focused and very relevant to current human rights crises. New episodes air 2-3 times per month with topics-based conversations as well as profiles on humanitarians from around the globe. Episodes range from 25-90 minutes. Available online + iTunes. We could not find it on Google Play.
Looking for a shorter podcast that delves into current and specific global human rights events and news? Tune into:
Episodes range from 15 – 35 minutes. Available on Google Play + Apple Podcast App, PlayerFM and Simplecast.
This podcast does a wonderful job of bringing awareness to human rights and civil rights activism in the United States. Connections are drawn between the global human rights movement and the American civil rights movement. We recommend this podcast for those looking to get involved with human rights activism in the United States! Episodes range from 30 – 60 minutes. Available online + Apple Podcast App. We could not find it on Google Play.
This channel has the shortest podcasts on our list! These 2-minute episodes involve Stephen Hammond reading excerpts from his book “Steps in the Rights Direction”, focused on human rights achievements and struggles that inspired Canada as well as the world. Episodes are 2 minutes. Available online + Google Play + Apple Podcast App.
If you’re interested in the work of human rights defenders, this is a perfect podcast.
The global human rights organization Frontline Defenders actively reports on the status of human rights defenders and their protection. Episodes range in topic from elections taking place around the world to the targeting of human rights defenders. Episodes range from 5 – 35 minutes. Available online + Google Play + Apple Podcast App + Soundcloud.
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This blog post was created by members of the HRC team: Program Assistant Rosalie Candau, founder Nicola Barrach-Yousefi and edited by Education and Communications Associate Sabrina Sanchez.