Stories written by Christian Papesch

Survivors Recall the Horrors of Auschwitz

Igor Malitski, an 87-year-old professor of mechanical engineering from Ukraine, stands in the snow underneath a metal gate. He is wearing a thick winter jacket and big plastic headphones. A blue and white cap covers his head.

Elaine Pearson of Human Rights Watch, Jeanne Marie Hallacy, director of "Into the Current", and Thet Moo, former Burmese political prisoner Credit:  Christian Papesch/IPS

FILM: Political Prisoners Are Burma’s Unsung Heroes

In a move that highlighted its sub-par human rights record, the government of Burma announced Oct. 11 that it would release 6,359 prisoners, but how many of these will be drawn from the country's estimated 500 to over 2,000 political prisoners remains uncertain.

Elise Auerbach, Iran country specialist for Amnesty International USA Credit:  Colin Trenbeath/Single Arrow Productions

Q&A: Tackling Human Rights in Iran Is “Like a Minefield”

The Islamic Republic of Iran has one of the most desperate human rights situations in the world.

The Pirate Party has connected strongly with young voters. Credit: Cornelius Bartke/Piratenpartei Berlin

“Pirates” Board Berlin Parliament

It was a political sensation: 8.9 percent of the 1.53 million Berliners who participated in the city-state parliamentary elections on Sep. 18 (overall turnout was 60 percent) voted for the Pirate Party (Piratenpartei).

Dr. Khalid Bin Mohamed Al-Attiyah Credit: Christian Papesch/IPS

Q&A: “We Do Not Want It To Be ‘East’ And ‘West'”

About 80 percent of Qatar's population is foreign. Of the 1.6 million people living in the Arab emirate in 2010, 685,000 were Indian or Pakistani, 160,000 were Iranian and about 430,000 came from other parts of the world.

Luc Gnacadja, executive secretary of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification, addresses the high-level summit. Credit: Christian Papesch/IPS

Drylands Not a Lost Cause, U.N. Summit Declares

"If this was a meeting about climate change, I am pretty sure that the room would have been more crowded," Luc Gnacadja, executive secretary of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), commented at a press conference Tuesday.

Ronald McCallum Credit: Christian Papesch/IPS

Q&A: “People With Disabilities Want Work”

More than one billion people worldwide live with disabilities, some 15 percent of the world's population.


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