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Defending Dignity: The Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Explore the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and learn how it empowers you to know, claim and defend your rights.

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Defending Dignity: The Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Explore the impact of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

On 10 December 1948, the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted a revolutionary new document, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). What made the Declaration revolutionary was that the UN member states acknowledged that all human beings all over the world were born with the same, indivisible human rights, and all nations and all people had a right and a duty to stand up for the rights of everybody else.

On this course you will get an introduction to the UDHR, and discover ways you can take action to defend and claim your rights, and the rights of others.

Please be aware that this course will be facilitated between 12th July and 2nd August.

What topics will you cover?

  • Dignity and Human Rights
  • Promoting Equality and Non-Discrimination in your community
  • Shaping a Society based on Human Rights principles

When would you like to start?

Start straight away and learn at your own pace. If the course hasn’t started yet you’ll see the future date listed below.

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Learning on this course

If you'd like to take part while our educators are leading the course, they'll be joining the discussions, in the comments, between these dates:

  • 12 Jul 2021 - 2 Aug 2021

On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Explore how the Universal Declaration of Human Rights relates to your daily life
  • Explain the significance of the UDHR to promoting human dignity
  • Justify the importance of upholding the key principles of human rights
  • Classify different types of discrimination
  • Assess inequality in your community
  • Contribute to the promotion of equality and non-discrimination
  • Identify the impact of people standing up for human rights
  • Engage in taking action for a more inclusive and participatory society
  • Describe how the UDHR influenced the development of human rights law and standards

Who is the course for?

This course is for everyone who wants to know, claim and defend their human rights and the rights of others. You don’t need any previous knowledge of human rights.

Who will you learn with?

Who developed the course?

Amnesty International UK

We are Amnesty International. We speak out for anyone and everyone whose freedom and dignity are under threat.

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