Are you someone who has an interest in daily news and has noted the worldwide concern for human rights? Have you been following the debates on human rights? Have you wanted to learn about the basics of human rights yourself?
Or, are you a human rights or social activist seeking to strengthen your skills for applying the human rights framework?
If one of these categories describes you, then this course will help you in your quest!
So, what will you get from this course?
Very briefly, the course introduces you to the basic concepts and principles of human rights, the different categories of rights, the notion of State obligations, the basics of applying the human rights framework to issues, and an overview of strategies for promoting and protecting rights.
What will you get in terms of how the course is taught?
The course is taught using lectures, lots of examples to help you connect, questions for reflection, case studies, practice exercises, and lesson-end quiz. Each lesson begins with a statement of what you will cover in that lesson and ends with a reinforcement of what you have learned.
There are lots of infographics in the course to help understand the complex concepts and what’s more, to make it exciting for you, we have converted each of them to a poster, which you can download at your end.
Similarly, you can download the case studies and practice questions along with the model answers as well!
You can use all the downloadable materials to conduct your own trainings and workshops or as ready reckoners.
What else do you get?
Please remember, this course is a basic course on human rights, hence each component discussed in this course needs further in-depth inquiry and learning. Therefore, it is likely you will have clarifications and questions. Be assured that the instructor will always be around at the discussion forum to assist you further. Simply post your questions and she will respond to them promptly.
Human rights being a very dynamic subject, the instructor will also keep you informed with periodic news, views, materials, and updates through the discussion forum. The aim is to make your journey into learning human rights a truly collaborative one! What’s more, at the discussion forum you are likely to meet human rights enthusiasts and activists from all over the world and be able forge new alliances and friendships!
If all this sounds exciting to you, then get ready to add this course to your cart and make it a part of your knowledge-acquiring journey – ‘knowledge’ that you can put into action for a better world!
Content and Overview
This course is divided into four lessons:
Lesson 1: Fundamental Concepts and Principles of Rights – In this lesson, you will get to know what we mean when we say, “I HAVE a right” and from where and how these rights have evolved. You will get a close look at systems at the national, regional, and international levels that provide recognition and protection to these rights. You will also understand how “rights holders” and “duty bearers” are defined under the international human rights system.
Lesson 2: Categories of Rights – This lesson will cover the meaning and scope of rights guaranteed in the International Bill of Rights. So, here we will examine the fundamental characteristics of rights, including a discussion on “discrimination.” Finally, you will get a glimpse into the different categories of nights namely – civil liberties, political, economic, social, and cultural rights along with an understanding of the common features that bind them.
Lesson 3: Understanding State Obligations – In this lesson, with the help of a case study and a practice exercise with a model answer, you we will get to examine the content of obligations of States to ‘respect’, ‘protect’, and ‘fulfil’ with regard to any right.
Lesson 4: Applying the Human Rights Framework – In the concluding lesson, you will have the opportunity to learn about how to conduct a human rights assessment. Case studies and practice sessions will help you fortify your learning. Finally, we will wind up reflecting upon strategies for human rights work.
Meet the instructor and get a glimpse of the course content and its methodology
Welcome to Betelvine – a forum to provide knowledge and skills to enable people make positive changes in their personal lives as well as in the world around them. This forum, driven by subject matter expertise, and instructional design and editing talent, strongly believes in the words, “be the change you wish to see in this world,” and puts the learner at the center of every initiative.
Kalpalata Dutta is an international human rights law expert, researcher, and educator. She has more than 10 years of experience in developing learning programs and resources for human rights activists, lawyers, academics, and professionals. She is currently pursuing PhD at the Institute of Human Rights and Peace Studies, Mahidol University, Bangkok. She also holds the position of 'Director' at the Asian Institute of Human Rights (AIHR), Bangkok.
Asian Institute for Human Rights (AIHR) strives to strengthen the theory and practice of human rights activism, facilitate systematic linkages between academics and activists, and contribute to a continuous process of action and reflection. It seeks to bridge the gap in facilitating learning based on a multi-disciplinary approach to human rights theory and practice.
The objectives of AIHR are:
· Respond to challenges arising from changing economic, social, and political contexts
· Facilitate systematic interaction between activists and academics
· Respond to demands by wide ranging actors for human rights training and education
· Facilitate learning of human rights concepts and skills by human rights practitioners
The program areas include: Creating resource materials, strengthening social justice lawyering, strengthening skills for human rights monitoring, facilitating human rights education in collaboration with universities, and providing space to activists to learn from different country contexts.
Some of the publications of AIHR include:
- Checklists on the core international human rights treaties – ICCPR, ICESCR, CEDAW, CRC, CED, CAT, and CRPD to facilitate review of whether domestic laws in a country are in compliance with the international human rights obligations, 2015
- ‘Law in the Struggle for Dignity and Justice’, 2015
- ‘Understanding the Meaning and Practices of Human Rights Education’, 2015 – a joint publication of Asian Institute for Human Rights and Center for Human Rights Studies
- Handbook on ICCPR, 2013
- ‘Understanding Our Rights: Human Rights’, 2012 – publication in Thai and English
- ‘Clarifying the Links Between Human Rights, Social Justice, Rule of Law: Monograph and Cartoon Book’, 2011
- ‘Challenges in Human Rights Practice, A Dialogue’, February 2010
- ‘Handbook on Monitoring Human Rights Violations’, 2009 – publication in Thai and English
- ‘Handbook on Monitoring Courts and Trials’, 2009 – publication in Thai and English
- ‘Reclaiming Rights in Forests Struggles of Indigenous People in Thailand’, 2008
- Handbook on the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD), 2008 – publication in Thai and English