Kon Karapanagiotidis, The Key of Sea & the UN – The Thursday Podcast

On our second Right Now Radio podcast on RRR, Ben Schokman and Rachel Ball are joined in the studio by Kon Karapanagiotidis, founder of the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre, fresh from a briefing of the UN Human Rights Committee about the most pressing human rights issues in Australia.  We chat to Kon about the recent announcements that the Government intends to excise the Australian mainline from its migration zone, the dire conditions of asylum seekers languishing on Christmas Island and now Nauru and the reaction of the UN human rights committee to the briefing.

Evelyn Tadros also speaks with Romani Benjamin, one of the people behind Key of Sea albums, which features beautiful collaborations between a high profiled Australian musician and an extraordinarily talented musician who has brought their cultural heritage from across the sea, escaping war, hardship or persecution.  Awaz, a Kurdish musician from Turkey, who features on the recently released Volume 2 album with Sophia Brous, speaks about the human rights issues faced by Kurds in Turkey and also plays a tune for us live on his balama.

Right Now Radio has a Key of Sea Volume 2 CD to give away to its listeners!  All you have to do is listen to the podcast and find out how you can win!

The Key of Sea album is proudly presented by the Human Rights Arts and Film Festival (HRAFF)  and proceeds go to support the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre, HRAFF and the Sudanese Australian Integrated Learning Program.

Listen to the podcast here (45mins).


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