Protecting human rights starts with educating oneself on what it means and how we can all play a role in ensuring every individual’s freedom to speak their mind, assemble without fear, worship as they please, and choose their own leaders. Understanding Human Rights explores the foundations of basic human rights laws and practices, and provides practical advice for how we can make the commitment to create secure, inclusive, and prosperous environments for all.
Human rights are the basic rights and freedoms to which all humans are entitled, whatever their nationality, gender, ethnic origin, sexuality, color, physical ability, religion or language or social or economic status. No practice or tradition is greater than the human rights that belong to all of us. These rights are all interrelated, interdependent and indivisible. This course provides details on the evolution of laws and protections, and how to work on behalf of human rights.
In this course, you will be availed lessons such as;
- The Legal and Moral Obligations to Protect Human Rights: This lesson teaches how Human rights are the basic rights and freedoms to which all humans are entitled. How we define and defend the rights of all humans is based on treaties and customary laws that nearly every nation on the planet has adopted. In this lesson, you will taught the evolution of human rights law and treaties that outline the minimum legal standard of treatment that must be afforded to everyone.
- Protecting Human Rights to Benefit All: This lesson reveals why the most vulnerable people in a population are often its most marginalized. Marginalizing people based on race, gender, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, physical disability, or economic or social status means to relegate them, their views and their needs to the fringes of society. In this lesson, you will be taught what it means to provide equal protection and an equitable playing field for all members of society, and why human rights protections that benefit everyone are critical to a peaceful and just world.
- Ensuring the Human Rights of All: This lesson sheds great-light on how advocating for human rights requires educating oneself on the principles of human rights and how the principles are being applied within your community. It starts with thinking not only about your own rights, but also about the rights of the most vulnerable and marginalized peoples in our societies. This lesson looks at ways individuals and groups can support the cause of human rights and stand for all.
Click here to watch, read, or listen to all three lessons in this course. Then pass the quiz to earn a free certificate. These lessons are available in French on individual lesson pages under the “En Francais” tab.