Despite what made the headlines about the state of human rights, 2017 was full of stories of people everywhere standing up and saying no to corporate abuse; taking to the streets to protest government corruption; and calling out unjust criminal justice practices. They just didn’t get covered. Throughout the year, NMAP worked with advocates and organizations around the world to tell stories that reframe some of the toughest human rights issues of our time. Here are some of those stories.
Our 15-minute film, 17 and Sentenced to Die is a true-crime style doc about Iqbal Muhammed, a 17 year-old boy who was convicted of killing a man during an armed robbery, and has spent 15 years on death row in Pakistan. We followed one of Justice Project Pakistan’s investigators as they track down the main figures in Iqbal’s case, including his brother, his defense lawyer, the primary witnesses, and the victim’s son. Through these interviews we create substantial doubt about Iqbal’s guilt, and the policies that allow innocent people to end up behind bars.
NMAP partnered with the Uzbek-German Forum on Human Rights to tell the story of the real victims of corruption in one of the most notorious mafia-states in the world. In Uzbekistan, corrupt government officials maintain an abusive regime financed by violence, bribery and extortion. Corruptistan exposes the ties between financial corruption and human rights abuse, and demands greater attention be paid to the real victims of corruption. The video also outlines a just model for returning stolen money so that keeps it out of the hands of corrupt government officials and places it back into the hands of the everyday citizens to whom it belongs.
In partnership with the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI) and New York University School of Law’s Center for Human Rights and Global Justice (NYU), we are creating a platform that connects communities that have already been impacted by mining with others in the Global South who are facing or will soon face similar challenges. To date, we have created five short videos that tell the stories of community leadership in the face of mining in Nigeria, Ghana, Zimbabwe, DRC, Bolivia and Peru. This project is still in production, and you can watch the completed videos here: Community Solutions to the Global Mining Threat.