The Current

The Current for Feb. 26, 2021

Today on The Current: UN special rapporteur Agnès Callamard on Iran’s shooting down of Flight PS752; listeners embracing letter-writing and slow correspondence in the pandemic; and protests swell in Myanmar despite threat of force.
Matt Galloway is the host of CBC Radio's The Current. (CBC)

Episode Transcript

Today on The Current

Agnès Callamard, the UN special rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, released a scathing report this week on Iran's shooting down of Flight PS752. She calls into question who made what decisions, and when, and tells Matt Galloway the Canadian government has been "too passive" in the fight for answers.

Plus, this week we brought you stories of people using the old art of letter-writing to stay in touch in the pandemic, including Brian Barnes, who wrote 300 letters to his wife Joanne in her locked-down care home. Those stories prompted listeners to share their own. We hear your tales of embracing slow correspondence.

And after weeks of civil unrest, violence, and refusals to back down, Myanmar is facing some of its largest protests to date. We talk to Aye Min Thant, a reporter in Myanmar covering the protests; Kyaw Win, founder and executive director of the Burma Human Rights Network; and Damien Kingsbury, who led the Australian election-observer mission to Myanmar's 2015 elections.

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