Independent non-profit and non-governmental organisation tthe International Observatory of Human Rights (IOHR) has launched its web based IOHRTV channel on the netgem.tv platform – bringing human rights programming to a mainstream audience.
According to IOHR Director Valerie Peay, the aim of IOHRTV is “to put human rights into the front line of mainstream media”. New format shows will include NGO Focus, a talk show dedicated to showcasing the work of non-governmental organisations and those who dedicate their lives to championing civil society worldwide.
Previous episodes feature interviews in the UK with organisations such as Save the Children, Care International and women’s shelter, Refuge.
NGO Focus is also produced internationally with shows already filmed in Copenhagen featuring the Danish Refugee Council and Dignity, an organisation running the first torture rehabilitation centre in the world.
The content broadcast on the IOHRTV platform is produced by a team of human rights professionals, researchers and award-winning journalists of diverse backgrounds including Trish Lynch, a former CNN and Sky News presenter who anchors the NGO’s shows and televised conferences.
In its first year, IOHR has focused on human rights issues including press freedom, counter extremism, the refugee crisis and the impact of Brexit on human rights.
The channel also features human interest interviews with professionals such as UNICEF Ambassador and TV star Charley Boorman, who attended the launch in London to show his support.
Other guests interviewed on IOHRTV included the families of dual-nationals imprisoned in Iran, including Richard Ratcliffe, the husband of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, who is currently on hunger strike in an Iranian jail.
IOHRTV content also includes coverage of grass-roots movements such as the protest in the UK staged against President Donald Trump’s visit and the protest organised in October 2018 that called for a second referendum on Brexit.
“We’re proud to be the first organisation taking this approach in the UK – TV is a great platform to share the many incredible stories we encounter, and we aim to use that platform to make long-lasting and meaningful change,” declared Peay.
IOHRTV will be available via netgem.tv and on its website: www.observatoryihr.org .