20 Best International Human Rights Podcasts of 2021

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Are you wanting to learn more about international human rights ? Well you’ve come to the right place. This is a curated list of the best international human rights podcasts of 2021.

We have selected these podcasts for a variety of reasons, but they are all well worth a listen. We tried to select a variety of podcasts across the spectrum from hosts with a wide breadth of experience.

We are always keen to hear your feedback, if we have missed a podcast, tweet us @MagazineWelp and we will check it out!

Best International Human Rights Podcasts 2021

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Human Rights and Hot Coffee

  • Publisher: NGO Monitor
  • Total Episodes: 55

Current events in Israel through the eyes of human rights, international law and international relations.

The Rights Pod

  • Publisher: Center for Human Rights at Stanford University
  • Total Episodes: 20

What is a human rights career like? How should public schools teach the history of human rights? Does the wizarding world of Harry Potter uphold human rights? For answers to all of these questions, you’re listening to the Rights Pod. The Rights Pod is produced by the Center for Human Rights and International Justice at Stanford University. Each week, current and former human rights students will discuss human rights—from how they are implemented in the international system to human rights in small places, close to home. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Rights on the Line

  • Publisher: Front Line Defenders
  • Total Episodes: 47

Front Line Defenders is an international human rights organization based in Ireland working exclusively for the security and protection of human rights defenders at risk.


  • Publisher: RightsCast
  • Total Episodes: 30

RightsCast brings you discussion on a wide range of contemporary and enduring human rights issues from the University of Essex Human Rights Centre. Bringing together diverse voices from all over the world, we apply a human rights lens to better understand current events, to discuss key issues, and to explore how to achieve social change. From grassroots movements to major international affairs, join us each week as we talk to the people behind the stories and seek to create a dialogue around the role of human rights in our daily lives. 

 Human Rights Centre: https://bit.ly/2Wm2z3S

The Global Lane hosted by Gary Lane

  • Publisher: Podcast from CBN News
  • Total Episodes: 985

CBN News Chief International Correspondent who has traveled the world for more than three decades reporting about persecuted Christians, wars, human rights violations, global and humanitarian issues of interests.

Eco Insights

  • Publisher: Eco Circle International
  • Total Episodes: 22

Today we are faced with the daunting reality of the environmental crises. But together, we can solve it. One action, one conversation, one insight at a time. Join Chloe Young and Georgia Scarr, environmentalists from the youth led non-profit Eco Circle International, along with other globally influential figures, as they unpack the intersections of climate change, human rights, economics, and more.

Witness from Amnesty International

  • Publisher: Amnesty International
  • Total Episodes: 7

Meet the investigators whose job it is to hold human rights abusers to account. Amnesty International’s reports make headlines all over the world. And behind every one? Months, sometimes years, of painstaking sleuthing by our researchers. It’s difficult – often dangerous – detective work in some of the most challenging and volatile places on earth. ‘Witness from Amnesty International’ takes you behind the scenes. Each episode follows the twists and turns of a different high-stakes human-rights investigation. Discover what it takes to uncover the truth – when there are people who would prefer the truth to stay buried. For more information, visit amnesty.org/witness. This show includes references to death and violence which some listeners may find distressing.

Activist Connect

  • Publisher: Amnesty International Australia
  • Total Episodes: 14

Activist Connect seeks to engage, educate, entertain, and connect Amnesty activists around Australia. Amnesty International is a human rights organisation who has been fighting bad guys since 1961. Be part of the global movement and fight for justice, equality and human rights!

Tuesday Hometime

  • Publisher: Jan Bartlett
  • Total Episodes: 283

Local, national and international interviews with activists on human rights, civil liberties and animal welfare issues. The show has been on air since the late 1980s.

The Right

  • Publisher: Centre for Human Rights, RSIL
  • Total Episodes: 5

The Right is an initiative of the Centre for Human Rights (CHR) at the Research Society of International Law, Pakistan (RSIL), an independent, non-partisan think tank based in Pakistan. The CHR is a dedicated centre for human rights research, awareness, and capacity building. It focuses on the intersection between international human rights obligations and the domestic Constitutional and legal framework.

Voice of Tibet

  • Publisher: Voice of Tibet
  • Total Episodes: 1264

Voice of Tibet’s main objectives are to provide a channel for unbiased information and news to the Tibetans living under Chinese oppression in Tibet, to help preserve the threatened Tibetan culture, to educate the Tibetans in internationally acknowledged human rights, to inform about democracy and the democratic institutions of the Tibetan exile community, and to help prevent conflicts and discrimination. Another main objective is to improve communications within as well as between the Tibetan exile communities.

The History of the Congo

  • Publisher: Peter Teddington
  • Total Episodes: 15

The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) enjoys vast deposits of precious minerals and metals. Diamonds are found in the south and center of the country and the land holds 80% of the world’s Coltan, needed in all our mobile phones. It should be one of the richest countries on Earth, but it is not. This Podcast explores why, from the very beginning. A new podcast will be released each Monday every two weeks, the website is https://www.thehistoryofthecongo.com Starting in prehistoric times, we talk through the topography and the Bantu migrations. We meet the famous empires of Central Africa. Firstly we meet the The Kingdom of the Kongo which posted diplomats throughout Europe and whose Kings corresponded with the superpowers of the day, and with the Vatican. This Kingdom was able to ally with International forces and militarily confront the initial European expansions. We are introduced to the Luba peoples who developed the Bulopwe system of government which spread through central Africa and sat as the bedrock for the adjacent Lunda Empire. We see these Kingdoms, and other peoples meeting with the European powers and explorers as Europe wanted to complete its map of Central Africa. Here the peoples and the country were wrapped up in the eddies of 19th and 20th century international politics. The Congolese voice in these is under-represented and the Congo was the catalyst for the colonial expansion of the late 19th Century and, at the behest of a new Superpower, the USA, became the personal property of one man. The borders were created through opportunistic expansion, geo-political negotiation and a Belgo-Arab war in central Africa. The DRC borders were never drawn up with reference to the people, the legacy of which still sits with us today. Under a Belgian King, the horrors the people were subjected to were the catalyst for a vast human rights movement spreading throughout Britain and America. Celebrities such as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Mark Twain helped force the Belgian King to cede the country to the Belgian State. The people living there experienced a unique development and supported the allies in World War 1. In World War 2 the Congo provided the Uranium for the Manhattan project and became an arena for spies in which the Allies and the Nazis vied for sole use of this in the as yet finished Atomic Bomb. All this against the backdrop of conflicted loyalties between some of the Belgian elite who sympathized with the Nazi cause and were willing, all too easily, to accept the Nazi Victory over the free world. After the allied victory the Congolese had shared the conflict with their European rulers, had seen their value, and a new confidence was born. Congolese music and culture flourished, and the colony achieved new highs in living standards. But in the winds of change decolonization spread rapidly throughout Africa. The Belgians struggled with the pace of change and panicking at unrest and conflicts in the rest if the continent effectively gave 6 months’ notice of exit after 52 years. The Congolese were independent without the history of rule of the country as a whole. Tribal loyalties challenged unity and the country was embroiled in the Cold War with its democratically elected leader, Patrice Lumumba, murdered in a murky agreement concocted in the global geopolitics and the desires of one region which had an eye on independence. This ushered in Mobutu, one of infamous dictators of post colonial Africa, who implemented a Kleptocratic form of governance which led to a fragile state. As the cold war ended and the support of the USA subsided the DRC unraveled and was weakened to external pressures. In the 1990’s the repercussions of the Rwandan genocide spread through the region and was a catalyst for the Central African War, fought largely in the Congo by rebel groups and neighboring states, in which 5 million people died. Regions of the country unwittingly hosted refuges and the fighting but a new President emerged after his predecessor and father was gunned down. He managed to gain the trust of the international community to help slow the hemorrhaging of the countries wealth to its neighbors. The country now stands as a cultural powerhouse through music and fashion, and the people watch as their government negotiates foreign aid from the West and development opportunities with the new superpower – China. With a young and rapidly growing population, a new sense of confidence, and still recovering from continuing conflict in the East the DRC stands looking at an uncertain future. The world has been involved in the countries past and will be in the future. But to understand this, and to start to make a difference, we must look at the road that got the DRC where it is today. Starting New Year 2021 this podcast will travel through this journey. Episodes will be released each fortnight starting January, after an initial burst of releases to provide the bedrock. Join us as we go follow a unique and hidden story. Welcome to the History of the Congo.

Transitional Justice Institute: Public Lectures and Events

  • Publisher: Ulster University
  • Total Episodes: 24

A podcast series from the Transitional Justice Institute (TJI) at Ulster University in Northern Ireland, sharing our public lectures and events from key scholars and practitioners. The TJI is a world-leading research institute investigating themes of conflict, transitional justice, human rights, gender and international law. Learn more about our research, public events, taught postgraduate programmes (LLM Human Rights Law and Transitional Justice; LLM Gender, Conflict and Human Rights) and our PhD community at www.transitionaljustice.ulster.ac.uk.

Human rights

  • Publisher: The Law Society
  • Total Episodes: 11

A series of podcasts investigating the latest human rights developments and issues in the UK and internationally.

Human Rights Survival Guide

  • Publisher: IPHR
  • Total Episodes: 19

How can human rights survive and thrive in the 21st century? Which mechanisms can we create to make states and large corporations respect the fundamental rights of citizens? What can global civil society do today? International Partnership for Human Rights presents the Human Rights Survival Guide – a series of podcasts aimed at tackling these questions. The IPHR team will interview experts, HRDs, journalists and civic activists to discuss how you, your local NGO, your state can use existing human rights instruments and principles to empower, to protect, and to bring perpetrators to justice.

European Student Think Tank – Podcast series

  • Publisher: EST Podcast
  • Total Episodes: 14

The official Podcast channel of the European Student Think Tank, a Non-Governmental International Organization that involves young people in the European policy-making process and promotes the values of the European Union and Human Rights.

IBA Global Insight podcasts

  • Publisher: IBA Global Insight
  • Total Episodes: 63

IBA Global Insight’s podcast series covers a variety of themes in law, business and human rights, and features high-level speakers. The content within IBA Global Insight podcasts does not represent the views of the International Bar Association.

Future Security Trends: Implications for Human Rights

  • Publisher: ICoCA
  • Total Episodes: 11

The International Code of Conduct for Private Security Service Providers’ Association (ICoCA) is a multistakeholder initiative whose mission is to raise private industry security standards and promote the responsible provision of private security. During these podcasts ICoCA invites different perspectives on what the future holds for responsible private security that respects human rights and international humanitarian law. Music by www.bensound.com

Love Radio

  • Publisher: Mandy Seymour
  • Total Episodes: 4

Love Radio helps people improve and heal from love relationships and grow closer to Jesus Christ. We educate on related human rights issues, including abuse and human trafficking. Love Radio is sponsored by Deeper Love International. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/mandy-seymour/support

Stripped Down Podcast

  • Publisher: Amnesty International Kenya
  • Total Episodes: 7

Stripped Down is Amnesty International Kenya’s podcast that aims to demystify human rights issues by having simple but powerful conversations. The title, Stripped Down, has a double meaning. When human rights violations occur, victims are stripped of their dignity. The term Stripped Down also means dissecting an issue and reduce it to the essentials.

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