June 26th is International Day of Support Against Victims of Torture

June 26, 2019

Every year on June 26th, the International Day in Support of Victims Against Torture is held, in an effort to speak out against the act of torture.

"This is a day on which we pay our respects to those who have endured the unimaginable. This is an occasion for the world to speak up against the unspeakable. It is long overdue that a day be dedicated to remembering and supporting the many victims and survivors of torture around the world."

 --Kofi Anan

International Day in Support of Victims of Torture

The Nama and Herero people of Namibia are survivors of torture inflicted on them more than 100 years ago in Namibia.
We interviewed Martinus Fredericks, a Namaqua Chief, who told us more about the torture that his people suffered in the 1900’s, and how it affects the Indigenous Peoples of Namibia today.

The world must know about our languages! 2019 is the International Year of Indigenous Languages


 International Year of Indigenous Languages -Newar, Nepal

This radio program is part of a series of programs produced by Indigenous Rights Radio to commemorate the International Year of Indigenous Languages 2019. In this program, we showcase the Newar Indigenous language which is called, Nepal-Bhasa. The Newar are one of the 59 Indigenous Peoples recognized so far by the government of Nepal. They are the original inhabitants of Kathmandu Valley, the capital city of modern Nepal.

International Year of Indigenous Languages - Naro, Botswana

Naro is spoken by the Ncao Khwe, which means Red People, sometimes referred to as the San people of Botswana. People who speak this language can be found especially in the Ghantzi district of Botswana and a smaller amount of speakers live in the eastern part of Namibia.

There are approximately 10,000 Naro speakers, and revitalization efforts include a Naro dictionary as well as the Naro Language Project, which aims to teach speakers how to read and write in Naro.

Indigenous Rights Radio News Bulletin

A short update on current events from around the world on the topic of Indigenous rights.