November 1, 2023 | Foreign Podicy

The (Against-the-Odds) Fight for Human Rights

November 1, 2023 Foreign Podicy

The (Against-the-Odds) Fight for Human Rights



Cliff May is joined by human rights champion Irwin Cotler and FDD’s Orde Kittrie to discuss the October 7 massacre in Israel — the atrocity carried out by Hamas and backed by Iran’s jihadi rulers — and about all that has followed since in the Middle East, the US, Canada, and elsewhere.

They discuss inaction by the United Nations and other international bodies charged with championing human rights not just in the aftermath of 10/7 but throughout recent history, a refresher on why calling Israel an apartheid state is incorrect, a review of modern genocidal affronts across the international community (made not least of all by the Islamic Republic of Iran and its surrogates), defining the indigeneity of the Jewish people, and more.

Irwin Cotler

Irwin is a near-legendary champion of human rights. He’s carried out that mission as an attorney specializing in international law, as Canada’s minister of justice, attorney general, a member of Parliament, a law professor, and International Chair of the Raoul Wallenberg Centre for Human Rights, an organization he founded.

He served as counsel to Soviet dissident Natan Sharansky, anti-apartheid activist and former South African President Africa Nelson Mandela, the Tutsi people of Rwanda, and many others both famous and not so famous.

Last week in Washington, he was awarded the Tom Lantos Human Rights Prize.

Orde Kittrie

Orde is a senior fellow at FDD and a law professor at Arizona State University’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law. He also wrote the book Lawfare: Law as a Weapon of War, published by Oxford University Press.


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