Creator: Health Education and Research Association (HERA)
Description: This video was developed as part of HERA's social accountability and legal empowerment programs, supported by the Open Society Institute. These programs function to raise awareness in the Roma community for reproductive rights, to motivate women to report on violations of their health rights, and to promote paralegal services offered by Roma women in fulfillments of their rights.
Creator: International Committee on the Rights of Sex Workers in Europe (ICRSE)
Description: On the 17th of December, sex workers, their advocates, allies, friends and families gathered around the world to denounce all acts of violence against sex workers. In this video, sex workers from Serbia, Macedonia, Spain, Turkey and Romania talk about human rights violations they face in their countries. Agata Dziuban from ICRSE presents powerful evidence that states that sex work has to be decriminalised and sex workers must be involved and heard in order to achieve an effective global HIV response.
Description: In this video, the Roma community from Crnik protests the rejection of Roma people by border police that enforce discriminatory practices. The featured community members provide testimonies that focus on their lives as a minority of people whom are not allowed to cross the border and earn a living wage. The Roma people call on the state to better allocate resources and create greater opportunities, so that they are not forced to find work across the border.
Creator: Hungarian Civil Liberties Union (HCLU)
Description: This documentary produced by the Hungarian Civil Liberties Union, a human rights watchdog NGO in Budapest, introduces the viewer to the most common rights violations that Roma people face in Hungary. Filmed over three years in the North-Eastern part of Hungary by the HCLU, the footage shows how discrimination is present in all aspects of life of Roma people: disadvantages at the labor market, discrimination at municipalities, by the police and by the judicial system. It shows how hate crime against Roma is tolerated, and how the law that was originally introduced to protect minorities is in real life used against them. Finally, the viewer is shown how the segregation of Roma children at the Hungarian school system ensures that Roma people live "Without a Chance."
Creator: Kenya Legal and Ethical Issues Network on HIV and AIDS (KELIN)
Description: The video is about a case on Mr. Daniel Ng’etich, Mr. Henry Ng’etich and Mr.Patrick Kipng’etich Kirui who were arrested on 12 August, 2010 for having severally defaulted on their prescribed medical treatment for TB. They were remanded in the police cells with other accused persons. Daniel and Patrick were arraigned before the Principal Magistrate at Kapsabet court. Due to his very poor health condition, Henry was taken to the Kapsabet County Hospital. Mr. Zachariah Maina Bett, a Public Health Officer in Nandi County, swore the affidavit that formed the basis for the magistrate’s order of confinement in prison of Daniel and Patrick for a period of eight months. The two were released after serving two months following interventions from civil society organisations. Enjoined to the case are various individuals and organisations including Mr. Daniel Ng’etich, Mr.Patrick Kipng’etich Kirui; KELIN; The Attorney General, The Principal Magistrates Court Kapsabet and The Cabinet Secretary – Ministry of Health, Republic of Kenya.
Creator: Sonke Gender Justice
Description: Vincent was raped by two gang members in an overcrowded cell in a Western Cape remand detention facility. This was his very first sexual experience. Vincent asked for help from nurses, wardens, priests, social workers, and even a magistrate who all rejected him and told him to expect this treatment in prison. He only received medical attention three years after he was raped when he was sentenced, and learned he was HIV-positive. Vincent calls on the Department of Correctional Services to stop this from happening to others, and encourages survivors to speak up. Vincent feels stronger than before, and says “I know I have a purpose in this life."
Creator: Sonke Gender Justice
Description:People all over the world are coming together to talk about sex work and how we could change the law to improve the lives of people involved in sex work. This is good news for sex workers and others in South Africa who have been advocating for years for our government to remove the outdated criminal laws we have on sex work and to develop new policies and laws to protect sex worker rights. In recent years, lawmakers in Europe and other parts of the world have been talking a lot about The Swedish Model, a policy model first introduced in Sweden in 1999. This allows sex workers to sell sex without facing prosecution from the police, but their clients would be arrested and prosecuted for buying. This model is sometimes referred to as The Swedish or Nordic Model, partial criminalization of sex work, and partial decriminalization of sex work. The names might be different but the result is the same. People who buy sex are arrested and those who sell sex are encouraged into exit or rehabilitation programs. While this model is a bit better than the full criminalization of sex work in that it recognizes that sex workers are not criminals who need to be punished.