Focus On: Understanding Human Rights

Focus On: Understanding Human Rights

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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.

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.

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Lessons 1: The Legal and Moral Obligations to Protect Human Rights
Video/Audio Duration: 12:10
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 law that nearly every nation on the planet has adopted. In this lesson, we will look at the evolution of human rights law and treaties that outline the minimum legal standard of treatment that must be afforded to everyone.

Lesson 2: Protecting Human Rights to Benefit All
Video/Audio Duration: 7:50
Often the most vulnerable in a population are 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, we look at 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.

Lesson 3: Ensuring the Human Rights of All
Video/Audio Duration: 7:47
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. This lesson looks at ways individuals and groups can support the cause of human rights and stand for all.

Meet the Instructors

Mary Kalemkerian (Legal and Moral Obligations to Protect Human Rights)

Mary Kalemkerian - The Legal and Moral Obligations to Protect Human Rights

Jennifer Thomas YALI course promotion

Jennifer Thomas - Protecting Human Rights to Benefit All

Peter Sampson YALI course promotion

Peter Sampson Ensuring the Human Rights of All