20 Best Human Rights Podcasts of 2021

3 years ago

Are you wanting to learn more about human rights ? Well you’ve come to the right place. This is a curated list of the best human rights podcasts of 2021.

We have selected these podcasts for a variety of reasons, but they are all well worth a listen. We tried to select a variety of podcasts across the spectrum from hosts with a wide breadth of experience.

We are always keen to hear your feedback, if we have missed a podcast, tweet us @MagazineWelp and we will check it out!

Best Human Rights Podcasts 2021

With thanks to ListenNotes, Crunchbase, SemRush and Ahrefs for providing the data to create and rank these podcasts.

Pod for the Cause

  • Publisher: The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights
  • Total Episodes: 38

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights launched “Pod for the Cause” podcast to expand the conversation on critical civil and human rights challenges of our day: census, justice reform, policing, education, fighting hate & bias, judicial nominations, fair courts, voting rights, media & tech, economic security, immigration, and human rights. Through this expanded dialogue, we want to spur activism that drives change in our communities and country. Be sure to SUBSCRIBE to the show on your favorite podcast app and leave a 5-star review.

Better Human Podcast

  • Publisher: Adam Wagner
  • Total Episodes: 49

Can human rights make our societies better? This podcast explores the most important human rights issues of the day through engaging and accessible interviews with high-profile guests and straightforward guides to key concepts and key events. Presented by leading human rights lawyer Adam Wagner.

The Miko Peled Podcast

  • Publisher: mikopeledpodcast
  • Total Episodes: 32

Author and human rights activist, Miko Peled, aims to shine a light on under-reported Palestinian experiences through conversations with the brave human rights defenders living in Palestine, Israel, and the diaspora. Free Palestine! Follow @MikoPeled | www.mikopeled.com

MIP Make It Plain with Mark Thompson

  • Publisher: DCP Entertainment
  • Total Episodes: 327

The Rev. Mark A. Thompson has spent most of his life as a political, civil rights & human rights activist and organizer. He not only has been a part of every major social justice movement & event over the past 35 years, he has also been a radio broadcaster for three decades, and he has spent over 10 years as a television commentator, as well. Mark, hosts Make It Plain, a political, human rights and non-mainstream news podcast. Mark’s lifelong social justice activism intersects with his years of experience broadcasting the news and issues of the day. Newsmakers, politicos, policy-makers, entertainers and athletes alike make MIP a frequent sojourn.

The Rights Pod

  • Publisher: Center for Human Rights at Stanford University
  • Total Episodes: 20

What is a human rights career like? How should public schools teach the history of human rights? Does the wizarding world of Harry Potter uphold human rights? For answers to all of these questions, you’re listening to the Rights Pod. The Rights Pod is produced by the Center for Human Rights and International Justice at Stanford University. Each week, current and former human rights students will discuss human rights—from how they are implemented in the international system to human rights in small places, close to home. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Honduras Now Podcast

  • Publisher: Karen Spring
  • Total Episodes: 22

The Honduras Now Podcast shares human rights stories and connects them to global issues and North American policy. Honduras Now provides on-the-ground analysis from host, Karen Spring, a long-time human rights activist and researcher, and Hondurans from all walks of life through interviews and trips around the country. 

The Jason Jones Show

  • Publisher: Jason Jones
  • Total Episodes: 156

Jason is a film producer, author, activist and Catholic human rights worker. For the past 25+ years, he has worked to defend the most vulnerable — from the homeless on the streets of Los Angeles to persecuted Christians in Africa, from women in crisis pregnancies to victims of “honor killing” in Iran.

Health Freedom for Humanity Podcast

  • Publisher: Health Freedom for Humanity
  • Total Episodes: 20

In this podcast we will host guests discussing all aspects that address what health and medical freedoms are all about. From Big Tech, to Big Ag, to Big Pharm, to immune function and the deepest depths of the human psyche and soul. Our platform is a place for all walks of life to finally relearn what it feels like to be human again. Health Freedom for Humanity stands to protect and advance the most basic and inalienable of human rights, the right to medical freedom. We stand in opposition to any act, law, measure or constraint that threatens this right. With an unwavering commitment to integrity, we stand for humanity.


  • Publisher: Peter McCormack
  • Total Episodes: 92

Defiance is a podcast which looks at some of the most critical issues of our time, from corruption and greed to human rights and freedom. Brought to you by Peter McCormack, Defiance is a combination of in-depth interviews and multi-part deep dives into the issues which affect all of us.

On Human Rights

  • Publisher: The Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law
  • Total Episodes: 88

Podcast by The Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law

Africa Rights Talk

  • Publisher: africarightstalk
  • Total Episodes: 32

Conversations on human rights. A Centre for Human Rights podcast series. Hosted by Tatenda Musinahama.


  • Publisher: The Oxford Human Rights Hub
  • Total Episodes: 42

The Oxford Human Rights Hub (OxHRH) aims to bring together academics, practitioners, and policy-makers from across the globe to advance the understanding and protection of human rights and equality. Through the vigorous exchange of ideas and resources, we strive to facilitate a better understanding of human rights principles, to develop new approaches to policy, and to influence the development of human rights law and practice.

The Truth Report with Chauncey DeVega

  • Publisher: Chauncey DeVega
  • Total Episodes: 92

The truth will set you free. Each week on “The Truth Report”, Salon politics and culture writer Chauncey DeVega searches for personal, philosophical, empirical, and moral truth with New York Times best-selling authors, leading opinion makers and other experts on politics, history, social justice, the creative arts, human rights, the economy, technology, and the Age of Trump.

Human Rights and Hot Coffee

  • Publisher: NGO Monitor
  • Total Episodes: 53

Current events in Israel through the eyes of human rights, international law and international relations.

Law Pod UK

  • Publisher: Law Pod UK
  • Total Episodes: 145

Law Pod UK covers developments across all aspects of civil and public law in the United Kingdom. It is brought to you by the barristers at 1 Crown Office Row with presenters Rosalind English and Emma-Louise Fenelon. More info on our highly recommended podcast on the UK Human Rights Blog.

The Keeper

  • Publisher: The Lantos Foundation
  • Total Episodes: 23

Hosted by Lantos Foundation President, Dr. Katrina Lantos Swett, The Keeper features in depth conversations about the most pressing matters of human rights and justice around the world and welcomes some of the most important human rights figures of our time as guests.The Keeper takes its name from the personal conviction of the Lantos Foundation’s namesake Congressman Tom Lantos, fully lived out in his own life, that we have a moral and ethical obligation to be our brother and sister’s keeper. This guiding principle led Congressman Lantos to found the Congressional Human Rights Caucus and use his eloquence, leadership, and personal passion to advocate fiercely on behalf of those whose human rights were being trampled in every corner of the world.

Rights on the Line

  • Publisher: Front Line Defenders
  • Total Episodes: 47

Front Line Defenders is an international human rights organization based in Ireland working exclusively for the security and protection of human rights defenders at risk.

The Rights Track

  • Publisher: Todd Landman
  • Total Episodes: 64

The Rights Track podcast gets the hard facts about the human rights challenges facing the world today and aims to get our thinking about human rights on the right track. The podcast is hosted by Professor Todd Landman, a human rights scholar and champion for the advancement of human rights understanding. In Series 6 we’re discussing human rights and COVID19. We are in conversation with leading advocates and scholars as we look to learn if and how human rights are under threat as a result of the pandemic, what this means for specific groups and individuals and what needs to be done to protect, preserve, uphold and advance human rights in this context . In Series 5, we dig deeper into the relationship between SDG 8.7 and the United Nations’ other Sustainable Development Goals. We ask if developing stronger institutions could lead to slave-free supply chains or if making businesses better is the route to a world free of slavery by 2030. How does achieving these goals together lead to the single aim of a better and more sustainable future for us all? The Rights Track is supported by the Nuffield Foundation, the Economic and Social Research Council, and the University of Nottingham. Each episode is an insightful, compelling and rigorous interview with academics engaged in systematic human rights research. In Series 1, funded by the Nuffield Foundation, Todd interviews leading analysts at the forefront of the latest critical thinking on human rights. In Series 2, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, The Rights Track turns its attention to human rights advocates and practitioners involved in the struggle for human rights to learn more about their work and the ways in which academic research is helping them. In Series 3, our podcast joins the fight to end modern day slavery by 2030. In partnership with the University of Nottingham’s Right’s Lab research project, we talk with researchers who are providing hard evidence about the scale of the problem and by recommending strategies that can help consign slavery to the history books. Series 4 continues with the theme of modern slavery and sees our podcast on the road, capturing the voices, thoughts and ideas of people from around the world who are part of the global coalition to end it. Although our interviews focus on often complex research, they have been developed with a much wider audience in mind and we ensure they are accessible to anyone with an interest in human rights. The podcast is produced and edited by former BBC journalist and founder of Research Podcasts, Christine Garrington. Podcast research and promotion is by Krissie Brighty-Glover. If you would like to get involved with The Rights Track, we have a Facebook Group where you can keep up with the project, suggest ideas for guests and questions you’d like us to ask on your behalf. You can also follow us on Twitter @RightsTrack.

Dissidents and Dictators

  • Publisher: Human Rights Foundation
  • Total Episodes: 23

The Human Rights Foundation’s original audio content serves as a storytelling platform for some of the world’s bravest activists, artists, policy-makers, business leaders, and technologists. Our podcast provides those who risk their safety in return for a chance to raise the world’s awareness of human rights issues, and the incredibly important work that is being done to address them.

Libya Matters

  • Publisher: Lawyers for Justice in Libya
  • Total Episodes: 25

A podcast made by and for people who really care about truth, justice, and human rights in Libya. Tune in every week to listen to what really matters in Libya. Libya Matters is a casual, informal conversation between Lawyers for Justice in Libya (LFJL) team and journalists, experts, analysts, and others.

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