Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Your Call 121008 60th Anniversary of the International Declaration of Human Rights

What difference does a treaty make? On the next Your Call we mark the 60th Anniversary of the International Declaration of Human Rights. Are human rights better respected after a country signs on to the Declaration? Does internal change for the better come from within and lead to signing, or do these agreements change the country? And as we leave the dark days of the Bush Administration behind us, what international human rights treaties are waiting for a willing president? It's Your Call with Sandip Roy and you.

Guests: Connie De La Vega in Oakland
Professor at University San Francisco Law School. Worked at the UN for more than three decades representing human rights advocates and written extensively on national and international human rights law. Each year Professor De La Vega takes a student delegation to watch the commission on the status of women and the human rights council in Geneva, Swizerland.
Jamil Dakwar in New York
Director of the ACLU's Human Rights Program. He has more than 10 years experience in human rights litigation and advocacy in the U.S. and abroad.

Click to Listen: 60th Anniversary of the International Declaration of Human Rights

Your Call 120908 Crisis in Gaza

What is the International Community doing to help the people of Gaza? On the next Your Call, we'll take a look at the worsening humanitarian crisis in the Gaza Strip. The United Nations Relief and Works Agency has warned that its warehouses in Gaza will be totally empty in two or three days if Israel does not open the crossings to allow the entry of humanitarian supplies. Eighty percent of the population depends on humanitarian aid. What is daily life like for people in Gaza? Who is helping? And who has access to Gaza? It's Your Call, with Rose Aguilar and you.

Guests: Paul LaRudee, the Northern California head of the International Solidarity Movement

Richard Falk, the UN Special Rapporteur for human rights to the Palestinian Occupied territories

Mairead Corrigan-Maguire, Irish Nobel Peace laureate and co-founder of the Community of Peace People

Karen Abu Zayed, the commissioner general of the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) in Gaza

Click to Listen: Crisis in Gaza