Competing Visions of Human Rights: Questions for U.S. Policy
Competing Visions of Human Rights: Questions for U.S. Policy draws students into the debate on the role of human rights in U.S. policy. Through readings and activities students explore the history of international human rights and consider various options for defining and protecting rights.
Online Resources from the Choices Program
Videos featuring experts—professors, policy makers, journalists, activists, and artists—answering questions that complement the readings and lessons.
Resources for the Lesson "Promoting Human Rights through Social Movements"
Slideshow of color images for the lesson, including murals, paintings, and other artwork.
Videos of the Choir Project performing the following songs:
Black Lives Matter: Continuing the Civil Rights Movement
In this online lesson, students review a timeline of black activism in the United States from the 1950s to today and identify core themes of the civil rights and Black Lives Matter movements.
The Struggle to Define Free Speech: From Skokie to Paris
In this online lesson, students consider how different societies define freedom of expression. They analyze historical sources that reveal contrasting views on freedom of expression in the case of Skokie, Illinois—where a Nazi group attempted to demonstrate in the 1970s—and explore the recent free speech controversy in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo attacks.
Xu Wenli and the China Democracy Party
An activity incorporating videos in which a former political prisoner describes his time in prison, the democracy movement in China, and his views on human rights. It also includes suggestions and questions that teachers may adapt for use in their classrooms.
Interrogation Tactics in the News
The U.S. treatment of terrorism suspects has raised major questions about U.S. respect for human rights. The documentary film, Torturing Democracy, tells the inside story of how the U.S. government adopted controversial techniques as official policy in the aftermath of 9/11. The Choices Program has developed an accompanying study guide to this film.
Examples of International Human Rights Treaties and National Constitutions
The following documents may be used to supplement the lessons "Human Rights in Action" and "Key Concepts in Human Rights."
Provides information on human rights conditions around the world organized by country, topic, and international campaign.
Center for Economic and Social Rights
Provides information and current reports on economic and social rights conditions around the world.
Promotes democratic change and focuses on civil and political rights
Global Voices Online: Human Rights
Provides reporting on a compilation of blogs, images, videos, and other forms of citizen media created by individuals around the world.
Human Rights Watch
Provides current reports on human rights conditions around the world. Reports are organized by topic and location.
International Center for Transitional Justice
Provides information about responses to systematic or widespread violations of human rights.
United Nations: Human Rights
Provides information about UN human rights treaties, conferences, courts, and major topics in human rights.
U.S. Department of State: Human Rights Reports
The United States prepares yearly human rights reports on all members of the United Nations.
Examples of Regional Initiatives that Promote Human Rights
Burke, Roland. Decolonization and the Evolution of International Human Rights. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2010.
Donnelly, Jack. International Human Rights. 4th ed. Boulder, CO.: Westview Press, 2012.
Glendon, Mary Ann. A World Made New: Eleanor Roosevelt and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. New York: Random House Trade Paperbacks, 2002.
Ignatieff, Michael. American Exceptionalism and Human Rights. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 2005.
Lauren, Paul Gordon. The Evolution of International Human Rights: Visions Seen. 3rd ed. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2011.