Human rights

“Human rights are often described as universal. In other words, they belong to everyone, regardless of their sex, race, religion, age or where they live. Despite this, we know that terrible abuses of human rights occur every day around the globe. Understanding what the issues are is the first step towards being able to make a difference and standing up for the ‘universality’ of human rights.”

Australian Human Rights Commission – information for students

Human Rights Day, 10 December, marks the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948. source

Every night, roughly 1 in 200 Australians find themselves without a safe, secure or affordable place to sleep. source 

The OHCHR has been awarded the Guinness World Record for having collected, translated and disseminated the Universal Declaration of Human Rights into more than 300 languages and dialects. The Universal Declaration is thus the most translated document… in the world. source

The Global Slavery Index 2018 estimates that on any given day in 2016, there were 15,000 living in conditions of modern slavery in Australia. source

At least 10 million people across the world are “stateless”. Thus, they often aren’t allowed to go to school, see a doctor, get a job, open a bank account, buy a house or even get married. source 

Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights: facts and issues by country, reports and stories; all current and hard hitting. source

Youth for Human Rights: links to human rights issues, videos, news and newsletters; especially designed for students. source

Amnesty International Australia: detailed information on current issues and campaigns. Amnesty International is a global movement of over 7 million people committed to defending those who are denied justice or freedom. source

United Nations: links to news, resources and facts across the globe. source

Voices of Youth: a website for youth with questions for discussion as well as reports under a variety of headings. source

Anti Slavery International: what does slavery look like today?  Stories and information from the UK and other countries. source

Australian Human Rights Commission: stories, videos, opinion pieces and much more. Click the education tab and scroll to “For Students”. source

Australian Human Rights Commission – An Introduction to Human Rights and Responsibilities: a foundation in international human rights. source

End the Cycle: poverty and disability go hand in hand, creating a cycle that’s hard to escape. This site has videos, stories and information about stopping the cycle. source

Human Rights Watch documents right abuses around the world. Search for these by country or topic. source

Kids Go Global: information and videos for young people. source

Check out our YouTube playlist for some short videos on human rights.

Magna Carta – the story of our freedom: a 4 minute animation released by the Australian Human Rights Commission.

Path to Dignity – The Power of Human Rights Education: shows the impact of human rights education among school children in India, law enforcement agencies in Australia and women victims of violence in Turkey. View the trailer or watch the entire film (28 mins).

Play Oiligarchy, which explores issues surrounding social liberty and authoritarianism.

My slavery footprint: find out how many slaves work for you. How many products are you using right now, that were made by forced labour?

Twenty Years: Twenty Stories: twenty inspiring stories to mark the Disability Discrimination Act’s twentieth birthday.

End the cycle of poverty and disability: real people tell their own stories in their own words.

Play the Curfew Game which explores issues surrounding social liberty and authoritarianism.

Play Sim Sweatshop or the Unfair Factory game.

Amnesty International Australia: sign petitions on line, like on social media, donate, volunteer, write letters and speak out.

Oxfam Australia: shop, volunteer, blog, participate in events and raise money and awareness.

Antislavery: become a member, set up an anti-slavery group, shop ethically.

Stop the Traffik: shop Traffik Free – find out how and what is involved; share information and investigate the ‘Gift Box’.

Be Her Freedom: working for the freedom of men, women and children trapped in slavery.

Join VGen and take action on issues of global poverty and injustice.

Other learning resources

A Fairer World has posters, classroom activities, books, DVDs and web links on human rights issues. Contact us for a complete list of resources available free or on loan to members.

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