HRAS Interview No. 30: Jostein Hole Kobbeltvedt Executive Director Rafto Foundation for Human Rights

The Rafto Legacy Photo Credit: Hans Jørgen Brun Interview with Jostein Hole Kobbeltvedt Executive Director Rafto Foundation for Human Rights. The Rafto Foundation for Human Rights was established in 1987 in memory of Professor Thorolf Rafto (1922-1986), an iconic lecturer in economics at the Norwegian School of Economics in Bergen, Norway. Now, a little over 30 years on, one of a new generation of supporters, Jostein … Continue reading HRAS Interview No. 30: Jostein Hole Kobbeltvedt Executive Director Rafto Foundation for Human Rights

Escaping the Tiger, Then Meeting the Crocodile: Interview with Phil Robertson of Human Rights Watch

HRAS Interview: Escaping the Tiger, Then Meeting the Crocodile Thousands of migrant workers from Myanmar, Cambodia and Laos cross the border into Thailand each year. They trade poverty at home for the possibility of relative prosperity abroad. A Thai proverb – escaping from the tiger, then meeting the crocodile – describes the fate of many. Human Rights at Sea spoke to Phil Robertson, on the … Continue reading Escaping the Tiger, Then Meeting the Crocodile: Interview with Phil Robertson of Human Rights Watch

The HRAS Interview with Abby McGill: Empowering Migrant Workers in Thailand

HRAS Interview: Empowering Migrant Workers in Thailand It is promising that the Thai government and big industry players like Costco are getting involved in the fight against human rights abuses in the Thai fishing industry, but there is more work to be done. For Abby McGill, that work focus is on empowering Thailand’s migrant workers. McGill is responsible for coordinating campaigns around labor exploitation in … Continue reading The HRAS Interview with Abby McGill: Empowering Migrant Workers in Thailand

The HRAS Interview: Dr. Lynn Simpson – Sailing War Zones and Cultural Conflicts

Sailing War Zones and Cultural Conflicts [Part 3/3] Veterinarian Dr Lynn Simpson is a veteran of Australia’s live export trade and a veteran of Red Sea and Persian Gulf voyages delivering sheep and cattle to the Middle East. She speaks to HRAS about her experiences sailing with a mix of cultures on board through regions where their countrymen were at war. What cultural issues were … Continue reading The HRAS Interview: Dr. Lynn Simpson – Sailing War Zones and Cultural Conflicts

The HRAS Interview: Alexandra Bilak – Director Norwegian Refugee Council’s Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre

Migrants are the tip of the iceberg Hundreds of thousands of people have put their life at risk at sea to reach European shores. Their bravery and despair has drawn wide media attention. In reality, though, they are the tip of the iceberg. There were 40.8 million people displaced within national borders worldwide as a result of conflict and violence at the end of 2015 … Continue reading The HRAS Interview: Alexandra Bilak – Director Norwegian Refugee Council’s Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre