A conversation with Edith Mirante, founder of Project Maje, author and activist

The FRC Genocide Podcast with Edith Mirante covers: 1) “the unlivable Bhasan Cher island” where Bangladesh is planning to relocate 100,000 Rohingya genocide survivors 2) The sordid history of Bangladesh in mistreating Rohingya refugees over the last 40 years 3) Burma or Myanmar’s internal colonialism towards national minorities 4)  Western and global corporate involvement and Burma’s “Resource Curse” 5)  The slow Balkanization of Myanmar as the result of decades of repression by Myanmar or Bama ruling class Edith Mirante founded and maintained Project Maje, one of the earliest and longest-serving human rights research projects on Burma,  established in 1986.  A

A conversation with Dr. Gianni Tognoni, Secretary General of the Rome-based Permanent Peoples Tribunal

The FRC Genocide Podcast with Dr. Gianni Tognoni covers: 1) The problems with international law as the law of the states 2) The rights of peoples, not states 3) The origin of Permanent Peoples’ Tribunals 4)  The nature and proceedings of the PPT 5) PPT on international crimes such as genocides, war crimes, exploitation 6) Peoples’ Tribunals as part of People’s Struggle for Freedom, Justice and Accountability A medical doctor by profession, Dr Gianni Tognoni is the Secretary General of the Rome-based Permanent Peoples Tribunal since its establishment in 1979. Over the last 35 years Dr Tognoni has been deeply

A conversation with Prof. Gill Boehringer, Honorary Senior Research Fellow at Macquarie University School of Law

The FRC Genocide Podcast with retired Dean, Professor Gill Boehringer covers: 1) The feudal structure of wealth and power in the Philippines 2) The targeted extrajudicial killings of those “red-tagged” (that is, labelled “subversives”)  by the Duterte regime 3) The alarming rate of the persecution of people’s lawyers  and 4) The attacks on civil society including journalists Prof. Gill Boehringer is an Honorary Senior Research Fellow at Macquarie University School of Law, Sydney, Australia. He was previously Dean at the School. His research focuses on repressive states and the violation of human and environmental rights. For the past decade he

A conversation with Daniel Feierstein, past-President of the International Association of Genocide Scholars [Part II]

In this part II of 2 conversations, Daniel Feierstein discusses: 1) US National Security Doctrine as applied to Latin America and resultant genocides & other grave crimes in the region; 2) The fallacy of treating Auschwitz as “the yardstick” against which other genocides are measured; 3) Reorganizing internal societal relations as the goal of genocides; and 4) The pervasive problem of “the genocidal mind” that frames groups and their identities as “immutable” “fixed” & “permanent”. Daniel Feierstein holds a Ph.D, in Social Sciences by the University of Buenos Aires. He is the Director of the Centre of Genocide Studies at

A conversation with Febriana Firdaus, an independent investigative journalist based in eastern part of Indonesia

Febriana Firdaus is an independent investigative journalist based in eastern part of Indonesia. She travels across the country, from Aceh to West Papua. She has written extensively stories from the remote places of West Papua, about the silent killing of the children in the highland by Indonesian military to the hidden chronic hunger in the palm oil plantation area. Febriana works have appeared in TIME, Guardian, Foreign Policy, Jacobin Magazine, The Economist, Mekong Review, Financial Times, Mongabay, New Naratif, Al Jazeera, among others. Currently, she is a regular contributor to The Guardian, covering general issues. In 2019, she received the

A conversation with Rene Mugenzi, a UK-based human right activist from Rwanda

Rene C Mugenzi is a UK-based human right activist from Rwanda. He is also Chair of the Global Campaign for Rwandans Human Rights, also based in London. Rene has spoken on several platforms including universities, the House of Common, the European Union and the UN on human rights issues relating to Rwanda. In 2011, the UK Police foiled an assassination plot that has been planned by agents of the Rwandan government. Besides Rwandan human rights issues, Rene gas campaigned for the end of Myanmar’s ongoing genocide of Rohingya people. Rene Mugenzi, a UK-based Chairman of the Global Campaign for Rwandan

ကချင်အတိုက်အခံခေါင်းဆောင် ဦးခွန်ဆာမခေါ်နှင့် ဆွေးနွေးခန်း

ကချင်လူမျိုး – အတိုက်အခံခေါင်းဆောင်နဲ့ ရှေ့နေတစ်ဦး ဖြစ်သူ ဦးခွန်ဆာမခေါ်နဲ့ ဒေါက်တာမောင်ဇာနည်တို့ရဲ့ ဗမာကိုလိုနီအမြစ်ပြုတ်ရေး စကားဝိုင်း ၎င်းတို့နှစ်ဦးက – (၁) မြန်မာနိုင်ငံအတွင်း နယ်စပ်တောင်တန်းဒေသများနဲ့ မြေပြန့်ဒေသများကြားက ကိုယ်ထူကိုယ်ထအသင်းအကြောင်း (၂) မြန်မာနဲ့ကချင်၊ ဗုဒ္ဓဘာသာနဲ့ခရစ်ယာန်ဘာသာဝင်များရဲ့ အမွေအနှစ်များအကြောင်း (၃) ဗမာကိုလိုနီလက်အောက်ခံ နယ်စပ်ဒေသမှပြည်သူများအကြောင်း (၄) ဗိုလ်ချုပ်အောင်ဆန်း ကတိကဝတ်ပြုခဲ့တာနဲ့ ဖဒရယ်စနစ်ရဲ့မူများကို ချိုးဖောက်ခြင်း၊ တိုင်းရင်းသားလူမျိုးစုများ တန်းတူညီမျှရေးနဲ့ ကိုယ်ပိုင်ပြဌာန်းခွင့်များ ချိုးဖောက်ခံရခြင်း – စတာတွေကို စုံစုံလင်လင် ဆွေးနွေးထားပါတယ်။ ဦးခွန်ဆာမခေါ်ရဲ့ ဖခင်ဖြစ်သူ ဗိုလ်မခေါ်မွန်းက ကချင် (ဇိုင်ဝါး) အမျိုးသားတစ်ဦးဖြစ်ပြီး၊ ဗမာ့တပ်မတော်မှာ အရာရှိတစ်ဦးအဖြစ် တာဝန်ထမ်းဆောင်ခဲ့ပါတယ်။ မိခင်ဖြစ်သူ ဒေါ်ရင်နုက ပျဉ်းမနားမြို့က ဗမာ၊ ဗုဒ္ဓဘာသာဝင် အမျိုးသမီးတစ်ဦး ဖြစ်ပါတယ်။ ဦးခွန်ဆာမခေါ်က ၁၉၇၇ ခုနှစ်မှာ ဝိဇ္ဖာဥပဒေဘွဲ့၊ ၁၉၇၈ ခုနှစ်မှာ ဥပဒေဘွဲ့ ရရှိခဲ့ပြီး၊ ၁၉၈၀ ခုနှစ်မှစပြီး အထက်တန်းရှေ့နေ၊ ၁၉၈၃ ခုနှစ်မှစပြီး ဗဟိုတရားရုံးရှေ့နေ ဆောင်ရွက်ခဲ့ပါတယ်။ ၁၉၈၈ ခုနှစ်မှာ မြစ်ကြီးနားရှေ့နေအသင်းကနေ တက်ကြွပါဝင်လှုပ်ရှားခဲ့ပြီး၊ တပ်ကုန်းကျေးရွာက ကျေးရွာလူငယ်များရဲ့ တောင်းဆိုချက်အရ ကျေးရွာလုံခြုံရေးကိုလည်း တာဝန်ယူဆောင်ရွက်ခဲ့ပါတယ်။ ၁၉၈၈ ခုနှစ်မှာ စစ်တပ်က အာဏာသိမ်းပြီးတဲ့နောက် ကချင်ပြည်နယ်အမျိုးသားဒီမိုကရေစီကွန်ဂရက်ရဲ့ အထွေထွေအတွင်းရေးမှူး ဆောင်ရွက်ခဲ့ပြီး၊ ၁၉၉၁ ခုနှစ် စက်တင်ဘာလမှာ ၁၉၅၀ ပြည့်နှစ် အရေးပေါ်စီမံမှုအက်ဥပဒေနှင့် စစ်ခုံရုံးက အလုပ်ကြမ်းနှင့် ထောင်ဒဏ် ၁၀ နှစ်ချမှတ်မှုကို ခံခဲ့ရသည့်အပြင် ဗဟိုတရားရုံးရှေ့နေလိုက်ခွင့်လိုင်စင်ကိုလည်း ရုတ်သိမ်းခံခဲ့ရပါတယ်။ ၁၉၉၈ ခုနှစ် ဒီဇင်ဘာလမှာ

A conversation with Daniel Feierstein, past-President of the International Association of Genocide Scholars

In this FRC Genocide Podcast Series, Argentinian Professor Daniel Feierstein, past-President of the International Association of Genocide Scholars, discusses: 1) Ralphael Lemkin’s two-phased conception of genocide – the identity-based intentional destruction of populations and re-ordering of demographic make-up and social relations 2) The spectacular failures of international law and global accountability in cases of genocides 3) Nazi and Argentinian genocides 4) Myanmar’s ICJ lawyer William Schabas and his un-ethical defense of the genocidal regime There will be a sequel to this episode in mid-August. Daniel Feierstein holds a Ph.D, in Social Sciences by the University of Buenos Aires. He is

A conversation with Katherine Southwick, a consultant adviser on Atrocity Prevention project at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum

Katherine Southwick is a consultant adviser on Atrocity Prevention project at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum on the role of domestic criminal justice systems in atrocity prevention. She previously worked for over a decade on human rights, statelessness, and legal reform in Africa, Asia, and the Pacific Islands. She worked for the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI) in Washington DC and the Philippines on programs relating to judicial reform and the ASEAN human rights system. As a research fellow at Refugees International, she conducted research and advocacy on the global problem of statelessness. She has clerked

A conversation with David Kilgour, human-rights activist, author, former lawyer, and Canadian politician

David Kilgour is a human-rights activist, author, former lawyer, and Canadian politician. He served as an MP in the Canadian parliament for nearly 30 years, held the position of Secretary of State for Africa and Latin American, and subsequently for Asia. A lifelong practicing Christian, Kilgour has worked on issues such as inter-faith dialog, personal freedoms, and democratic government throughout his career. In Parliament, he was active in prayer groups while at venues and publications across the country he has spoken specifically on religious themes and politics. Commonly, his topics have been on global religious and political persecutions. With David