Amnesty International
Human Rights Education Project
•To have clear knowledge of universal human
•To have knowledge of instances where these
rights have been contravened
•To investigate and understand the impact of
these contraventions individually, nationally and
•To be aware of action we can take individually,
nationally and globally to take action.
•Series of 4 Human Rights lessons
AS Citizenship
• To highlight the
importance of human
rights on individuals and
real impact on quality of
• Interdependence
• Capitalising
• To introduce the idea of
records or approaches
towards human rights
Outcomes – Balloon Debate, Class discussion, peer
Universal Declaration of Human Rights
Article 1“All human beings are born free and equal in dignity
and rights. They are endowed with reason and
conscience and should act towards one another in a
spirit of brotherhood”
Article 3-
“Everyone has the right to life, liberty and
security of person”
Somalia, - Child starved by famine, a man-made weapon of
mass destruction
Somalia, - Lifting a dead son to carry him to a mass grave
during the famine
Sudan, - Famine victim in a feeding center
Sudan, - Famine victim about to receive water in a feeding
•10 new HIV infections every minute
•as many as 46 million people are infected
•40% infection rate in Botswana and Swaziland
South Africa, - Grandmother cared for young girl affected by
Zimbabwe, - In a tuberculosis ward where the great majority
of the patients suffer from AIDS
South Africa, - Care giver comforted an AIDS sufferer
Article 5“No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel,
inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment”
East Germany, 1990 - Pollution from a coke factory
Czechoslovakia, 1990 - Heavy metals contaminated the air of
an aluminum factory
Indonesia, - A beggar washed his children in a polluted canal
Bhopal – Union Carbide Disaster –
Dow Chemicals
• 20,000 people have had their lives
transformed into agony and shortened as a
direct result of gas poisoning and 120,000
suffer debilitating and chronic ailments to
this day. Future generations of Bhopal
residents are not free of Carbide's touch
either. Cases of birth defects and mental
disabilities are widespread among the
children of the gas victims.
The Chernobyl accident in 1986
the result of a flawed reactor design that was operated with
inadequately trained personnel and without proper regard for
• The resulting steam explosion and fire released at least five percent
of the radioactive reactor core into the atmosphere and downwind.
• 28 people died within four months from radiation or thermal
burns, 19 have subsequently died, and there have been around
nine deaths from thyroid cancer apparently due to the accident:
total 56 fatalities as of 2004.
• An authoritative UN report in 2000 concluded that there is no
scientific evidence of any significant radiation-related health
effects to most people exposed. This was confirmed in a very
thorough 2005-06 study.
Chernobyl nuclear disaster
West Bank, - Palestinians fighting the Israeli army
West Bank, - Digging out the ruins of a shop in Jenin refugee
Article 4“No one shall be held in slavery or servitude; slavery
and the slave trade shall be prohibited in all their
India, - Untouchables working in a brick factory
India, - Untouchables haul a boatload of sand up the ganges
Article 9-
“No one shall be subjected to arbitrary arrest,
detention or exile.”
Child Soldiers
“The clarity of what you
ought to do gives
you courage.”
– Wangari Maathai
What Amnesty does•Researches human rights abuses worldwide
and releases reports- TRANSPARENCY
•Organizes huge grassroots movement to
call attention to actions of governments and
individuals involved in abuses
•Seeks to educate about basic
human rights in all societies
•Tries to motivate students and
young people to get involved!
Student and local groups often
adopt a “prisoner of conscience”,
and write letters to government,
prison and local officials to urge
the release or fair treatment of
Why do we care about the human
rights of other people?
•Imagine them as your neighbor
What we can do…
(yes, this means you too)
• study languages and history
• learn more and tell others about it
• join Amnesty or another organization
• raise money, send letters, call your
•make a short documentary on a
local or world issue
•Invite a local speaker to tell their
story in your class
Organize a fundraiser for a local
or international cause

Human Rights in francophone Africa