Understanding Human Rights – A free course

Before we can get into conversations about freedom from religion as a long overdue fundamental right, it’s very important to understand how human rights evolved over the years. Its important to keep in mind the word “evolved” as we think about human rights.

Below is a full video course that will explain the history of human rights. The video series is published by Allversity on Youtube (unless mentioned otherwise). All captions are by the publisher.

This full course is presented in a single post because I am not seeking clickbait, but educating those with an interest in learning in a convenient single shareable link. I strongly believe people in the Maldives and elsewhere would greatly benefit from this lesson if they take the time to learn about human rights.

Understanding Law and Rights

Before we can talk about human rights, it is important to understand two concepts: law and rights. In this lesson we will talk a bit about these topics and a few others.

Principles of Human Rights

The focus of this course is human rights, but what are human rights in the first place? In this lesson we are going to dive into this concept and see what we learn.

A Short History of Human Rights

In this lesson we are going to take a look at how the idea of human rights has developed through the ages. We will talk about old documents, new ones, and in the end try to put it all in perspective.

Human Rights Institutions and Documents

There are all kinds of institutions and documents that ensure that your human rights will be respected. We are going to take a very quick look at some of them in this lesson.

Eleanor Roosevelt Speech Human Rights

Eleanor Roosevelt Speech Human Rights – FDR Presidential Library 1948 – Video 309 – Speech by Mrs. E. Roosevelt for a TV Program on Human Rights Day Archival footage from the FDR Presidential Library.

Video by PublicResourcesOrg

The Covenants

The video explains the UN Covenants on Civil and Political Rights and The International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and how they form to make the International Bill of Human Rights.

Video by HumanRightsActionCtr

Three Dimensions of Human Rights

When we talk about our human rights it sometimes helps to think of them in groups. In this video we will talk about the three dimensions of human rights, also called the three generations.

Civil and Political Rights

Civil and political rights have a long tradition, but we are still on our way to realizing them for all members of society. In this lesson, we will talk a little bit about your civil and political rights and why they are so important.

Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights

In this lesson we are going to learn about the very interesting and highly debated set of rights related to things like work, education, health, culture and a lot more. This video will introduce you to some of the basic concepts behind these 2nd Dimension Rights and why they are so important.

Collective Rights

In this lesson we will dive into 3rd Dimension rights, often called Collective Rights. These rights relate to our relationship with the environment, development and peace.

Do environmental rights = human rights?

What images come to mind when you think of human rights? Pictures of torture, unjust detention, police brutality, political persecution? Or do you think about climate change? What about when you think of the environmental movement? Do you picture oceans, forests, whales, butterflies? Or do you think about people? (read more here: http://hub.witness.org/environmentislife)

Although the environmental and human rights movements are sometimes perceived as two different things – especially in many developed countries like the United States – in much of the world they are closely intertwined.

Video by WITNESS

Minority Rights

Minority rights are not just about small groups, they are about groups struggling for empowerment. In this lesson we will learn more about minority rights and why they are so important.

Case Study – A Path to Dignity: Turkey

A Path to Dignity: The Power of Human Rights Education – Turkey (Part 4 of 5), with English subtitles. The full film, accompanying educational materials and information on screenings can be found at: http://www.path-to-dignity.org.

Video by Human Rights Education Associates (HREA)

All girls will realize how important they are – International Day of the Girl | UNICEF

NEW YORK, USA, 4 March 2010 A UNICEF-organized event in New York marked the 15th anniversary of the Beijing Platform for Action. Adopted at the Fourth World Conference on Women in 1995, the Beijing Platform is the world’s most comprehensive framework for achieving gender equality.

Donnady Coquila Lao, a youth advocate from the Philippines, noted that gains in gender equality had fallen short of the expectations that were set at the adoption of the Beijing Platform. “Its very sad to know that children are not aware of gender equality,” she said. “It is very disappointing.”

At the close of the discussion, Ms. Lao was asked to identify one thing that she thought would make a difference in the fight for gender equality. She suggested celebrating an International Day of the Girl. Then, all girls will realize how important they are, she said.

Video by UNICEF

Human Rights and Culture

In this lesson we will explore a very controversial part of the human rights debate, the tension between universalism and relativism. This sounds like big fancy words, and thought it is a complicated discussion, it is an important one to understand. So let’s get started!

Case Study – A Path to Dignity: India

A Path to Dignity: The Power of Human Rights Education – India (Part 2 of 5), with English subtitles. The full film, accompanying educational materials and information on screenings can be found at: http://www.path-to-dignity.org.

Video by Human Rights Education Associates (HREA)

Human Rights: Now What?

In this lesson we will explore a very controversial part of the human rights debate, the tension between universalism and relativism. This sounds like big fancy words, and thought it is a complicated discussion, it is an important one to understand. So let’s get started!


Cover image borrowed from OSCE.org

 

 

 

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