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Lesson series 20: Supplementary lesson on Torture and the Need for Reform of the Prosecution System

This lesson is also attached as MS Word file.¬†¬†Click here to download. The Issue The following questions offer a way to discuss the issue of torture at the community level and suggest actions that can be taken to help victims and also to prevent torture. As is the case for many other human rights violations […]

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Lesson series 19: Overview of United Nations Charter-based Bodies and Procedures

This lesson is also attached as MS Powerpoint and MS Word file. Click the link to download: File 1, File 2, File 3, File 4. The Issue It is important to understand the overall human rights systems and mechanisms, and how to use them, as well as gaining an understanding of the UN charter-based bodies […]

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Lesson series 18: Actions To Promote Human Rights

The Issue Three actual events raise critical issues relating to actions required for the promotion of human rights- the first took place at Durban, South Africa during the World Conference against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance (WCAR), 2001; the second was a protest by mothers regarding prices of milk for children; the third […]

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Lesson series 17: A Review of the Functions of the National Human Rights Institutions

The Issue Effective campaigning for human rights is important in correcting human rights violations and creating a movement for successful change. Such a movement accompanied the case of Michael Anthony Fernando (Tony). The Lessons These lessons are based on the case and campaign of Michael Anthony Fernando (Tony). Lesson 1: A Review of the Functions […]

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Lesson series 16: National Security Laws (Internal Security Act, Emergency Laws etc.,)

The Issue National Security Laws allow governments to implement acts which in normal circumstances would be illegal, and would violate the fundamental civil and political rights of citizens. The judiciary has a duty to protect these rights. How do we ensure this? The Lessons Lesson 1: The significance and meaning of these laws Lesson 2: […]

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Lesson series 15 – PART II: Human Rights Strategies to Address Trafficking in Persons

The Issue Lesson 15 – Part I showed that trafficking is a complex problem and results in many human rights violations of the victims of trafficking–women, men and children. Numerous case studies were presented to illustrate the nature of “trafficking in women”, the complexity of the problem, and the many ramifications of the effects of […]

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Lesson series 15 – PART I: Trafficking in Persons

The Issue Trafficking in persons occurs where human rights violations prevail, and leads to further personal and social violations which can have far-reaching consequences for the lives of victims. In many countries it is a crime, although inadequately or not at all prosecuted. Taking action against trafficking means taking action to defend and promote the […]

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Lesson series 14: Use of Communications for protection of people and promotion of rights

The Issue This Lesson is a continuation from Lesson Series 13 of the HR School Lesson Series, discussing modern communications and the use of websites in promoting and protecting human rights. The Lessons Lesson 1: How to improve human rights activities by the use of websites Lesson 2: How the use of modern communication can […]

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Lesson series 13: Use of Communications for Protection of People and Promotion of Rights

The Issue The use of modern communications for protection and promotion of human rights raises several issues, including issues of recording and sharing information, access to sources of information, networking for solidarity actions, as well as difficulties faced with regards to the above-mentioned areas. The Lessons Lesson 1: Questionnaire on the use of communications in […]

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Lesson Series 12: Women’s Human Right to Education

The Issue This lesson series contains background information and exercises that will help to examine ways in which women and girls are hindered in accessing and enjoying their right to education by mechanisms like poverty and gender discrimination; to understand gender role stereotyping and strategize ways to combat it; identify the link between education and […]

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