Chasing Wrongs and Rights: My Experience Defending Human Rights Around the WorldElaine Pearson
Growing up in Perth, Elaine Pearson always dreamt of the wider world. Her British father and Singaporean-Chinese mother meant that her family extended beyond our shores, but it wasn't until later in life that she fully understood how her professional calling might have been influenced by personal history: she learned that her beloved maternal grandmother had been sold to an opera troupe as a child to save the family from starvation.
As soon as she could, Elaine followed her interest in women's rights and people-trafficking, interviewing sex-workers and victims of trafficking on the streets of Bangkok and Amsterdam's red light district. Her experiences in Nepal and Nigeria profoundly shaped her understanding of how governments and NGOs need to protect the rights of victims, as well as how poverty, corruption and war drive trafficking in the first place.
Elaine's story takes us on a panoramic survey of human rights across the world - into the UN committee rooms of New York and Geneva, as well as to the front-lines of Sri Lanka's search for those who disappeared in the country's civil war, examining death squad killings on the Philippines island of Mindanao and the detention of asylum seekers in Papua New Guinea. And her work on the appalling treatment of prisoners, many of whom are Aboriginal, vividly demonstrates that human rights abuses are something that happens at home as well as out in that wider world.
In exploring human rights abuses and governments' failure to address them, Chasing Wrongs and Rights sometimes shows humanity at its worst. Just as often, though, we see people at their best - compassionate, resilient, determined. Deeply informative and inspiring, Elaine Pearson's story will leave you understanding how much needs to change, and how individuals can make a difference.