IWPR Project Reviews

Overview of important outcomes and activities in IWPR programmes.

June - July 2011

Policemen attend the funeral of one of the officers killed during a massive security sweep to track down members of an armed group. (Photo: Alima Abdirova)

When violent incidents were attributed to Islamic extremists in the west of Kazakstan this summer, it was sometimes hard to distinguish fact from conjecture in the various accounts of what was going on.

IWPR Iraq Facebook page: Iraq Human Rights Media Links.

As part of its Human Rights Media Links, HRML, programme, IWPR has created a new Facebook page in Arabic (See IWPR - Iraq Human Rights Media Links) to inform and connect a network of lawyers, journalists, activists and others interested in human rights issues.

IWPR Iraq is raising awareness of human rights with a new advocacy programme aimed at enabling the media and civil society to press effectively for change.

Uhaki News website available at http://uhakinews.net/

A group of female journalists working in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo, DRC, have set up their own website to get stories on justice and rights issues out to a wider audience.

IWPR has joined up with a local media development organisation, the Northern Uganda Media Club, NUMEC, to launch a year-long apprenticeship scheme for three of its reporters in northern Uganda.

An IWPR probe into the state of children’s homes in Armenia has stirred an internet debate, with most users appalled at the neglect outlined in the report. But officials have been unresponsive on the issue.

Armenian and Azeri journalists meet the governor of the Kvemo Kartli region. (Photo: Giorgi Kupatadze)

IWPR brought together ten young journalists from Azerbaijan and Armenia in July to report on the problems of national minorities in Georgia. Their reporting was fruitful, but they most of all enjoyed meeting each other.

The three members of the panel at which the IWPR documentary was screened. From left to right, Bosnian movie director Ahmed Imamovic, IWPR reporter Marija Arnauitovic, and Italian director Mirko Pincelli. (Photos: Vanja Pantic and Kristi Roybal)

Participants at an international conference in Sarajevo last month said an IWPR documentary on the ethnically-mixed village of Baljvine gave hope that members of different ethnic groups in Bosnia can live together, despite the divisions imposed on them by the country’s politicians.

Ratko Mladic in the ICTY courtroom. (Photo: ICTY)

IWPR’s June coverage of the arrest of the Hague tribunal’s most wanted suspect Ratko Mladic was seen by some young readers in Serbia as much better informed, objective and wide-ranging than the local media’s reporting of the story.

An IWPR report (Grave Abuse Alleged at Kabul Juvenile Centre)  about the murder of a young boy in a Kabul juvenile detention centre where it was alleged that lax procedures had left children vulnerable to abuse has led to better care at the facility.

A shopping street in Herat. (Photo: Isafmedia/US. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Kevin Wallace)

A flurry of local, national and international and local media reports about the apparently ruinous impact of cut-price foreign imports on Herat businesses is said to have been prompted by an IWPR article on the subject.

April - May 2011

A new video feature by the Caucasus reporting team, Women For Peace, draws attention to womens’ limited involvement in regional peace building processes and points to the important role they can play.

IWPR technician Mirian Koridze editing a video report. (Photo: IWPR)

The IWPR team in the Caucasus is helping journalists and civil society activists to report and campaign more effectively by developing their multimedia reporting skills.

IWPR reporting on the latest upsurge in Islamic militant activity in eastern Tajikistan was the only media coverage providing insights into the extent of the danger facing the country from Muslim extremists, analysts say.

IWPR-supported round table on preventing suicide in the Kazak capital Astana. (Photo: Institute for Equal Rights and Equal Opportunities)

A round table on the prevention of teenage suicide in Kazakstan, which was jointly organised by IWPR, and inspired by one of its report on the subject, has prompted the authorities into action.

Fedja Huskovic’s headstone, with his name and year of birth engraved on it, but a space for the year of death. (Photo: Ajdin Kamber)

Associations representing relatives of people who disappeared during the Bosnian war say a report by IWPR on the subject has helped to draw attention to their continued struggle to find loved ones sixteen years after the conflict.

Location of a wartime frontline in the Dobrinja suburb of Sarajevo. (Photo: Mirza Ajnadzić)

Young journalists trained by IWPR and its local partners to report on transitional justice issues say this experience has enabled them to better understand some important issues confronting Bosnia’s post-war society.

Conservation officials in Herat say the publication of an IWPR report on rare-bird trafficking has drawn support from the security services and the general public for their efforts to combat the trade.

Afghan officials say that an IWPR report highlighting the problem of security checkpoints located near clinics and schools has prompted them to change this practice.

IWPR training event held in Goma. (Photo: IWPR)

Ten IWPR trainee reporters from the Democratic Republic of Congo, DRC, participated in an innovative journalism training session in Goma organised in partnership with Voices of Africa Media Foundation, VOAMF, in May.