The Challenge

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How can technology help people working to uphold human rights in the face of unlawful detention? read the brief

Idea

Amnesty Global Shortwave Radio Channel for Detainee Families

Amnesty can transit messages from families of detainees globally on a shortwave frequency.
Amnesty can transit messages from families of detainees globally on a shortwave frequency. This can build solidarity among the families and garner support for the plight of the detainees. And the detainees themselves might be listening.
What kind of resources are needed to get this idea off the ground and/or support it over time?
Shortwave Radio Station
How could this idea also be adapted to work in low-tech situations?
Local Amnesty affiliates can rebroadcast the messages on AM frequencies. The original SW broadcast can also be streamed or podcast on the web for targeted (country-specific) rebroadcasting.

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festus mbuimwe

November 05, 2011, 13:09PM
Hi Avi.
Great idea, but radio sets nowadays don't come with short wave frequencies.
How about detainees' families record their messages on mobile phones, then these messages can be played to the detainees when their spouses visit them.

Avi Solomon

November 06, 2011, 02:40AM
Thanks festus. True but the concept that the detainees do NOT have physical or legal access to their families. The SW transmission problem cam be overcome by having local Amnesty affiliates rebroadcast the messages on AM frequencies. The original SW broadcast can also be streamed or podcast on the web for targeted (country-specific) rebroadcasting.
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