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Universal Human Rights and the Global Citizen
In this lesson, students will expand their awareness of what it means to be a citizen of planet Earth and the responsibility as such to uphold "Universal Human Rights" by examining current human rights abuses through current events.
Time Frame: 3-4 hours
- Learn about the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, whose 50th anniversary is 1998.
- Become familiar with some of the issues involved in fighting for and upholding human rights around the world.
- Investigate specific cases of human rights abuses around the globe.
- Divide the class into four groups and, using the Amnesty International site (http://www.amnesty.org/home.htm), have them then choose a country to "represent," writing a report on the state of human rights in that country.
- Have students divide up into groups and consult news services or the Amnesty International site to identify cases of human rights abuses. Then have each group present their case as to why what they've found should be considered an example of human rights abuse. To culminate the exercise, have each group find out who they can write, fax or e-mail to generate support and join in the campaign to affect change on that particular case.