Amnesty International’s global Human Rights Education Network makes use of short videos as a powerful tool to enable people to learn about human rights. The videos are informative, challenge the what we think and inspire people to take action to defend and promote human rights.

Amnesty International is a Nobel Peace Prize-winning activist organisation with more than seven million supporters, activists and volunteers who campaign for universal human rights in more than 150 countries. The organisation investigates and exposes abuses, educates and mobilizes the public, and works to protect people wherever justice, freedom, truth and dignity are denied – Amnesty International, YouTube.

“10 Best Human Rights Videos”

10. Standing up for freedom

‘We have been standing up for freedom for the last 50 years but we still have a long way to go. Be a voice for human rights. Join Us’.

This extremely powerful video demonstrates the journey we have been on and our struggle for freedom over the last 50 years. It is a very intense and emotion-filled video that shows how far we have come in our fight for freedom. Yet, emphasises how much further we have to go, together, to stand up for not only our own freedom, but also the freedom of others.

9. Human Rights

A broad overview of different human rights issues, which is the perfect introduction for those who are interested in learning about the basics of human rights.

“All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.” Human Rights is one of the most important fundaments of human co-existence. However, Human Rights are also the subject of fierce debates, and Human Right violations occur all over the globe.

This video is a great educational tool that can be used to teach the basics of human rights, to those who would like to learn. “Respect for and the protection of human rights, must be at the heart of every government”.

8. Morgan Freeman: The Power of Words

The importance of people speaking out for human rights, inspiring us to take action and stand up for human rights.

The power of words – standing up for what you believe in is worth a thousand words, I believe the video emphasises the power that individuals can have if they stand up for what they believe in. Those who do not stand up for what they believe in are always waiting for someone else to do so on their behalf. The point is, if we all stand together, for what we believe in, what is right, and what is best for mankind, our words will have greater impact than the few who standalone on behalf of many.

7. Everybody – Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Designed for young children aged 5 or over – It complements a book and activities for those pupils who want to learn more.

3. I talk out loud

This video shares the story of an Amnesty Youth Group at Eastlea School in east London and their campaign to end stoning in Iran. The Eastlea School students talk about their experience during this campaign, which included a protest in front of the Iranian embassy in London, in this inspiring demonstration of young people standing up for human rights.

This video is truly inspiring, the younger generation actively trying to make a change in the world. They are an Amnesty International group within a school in London, who worked on a campaign to stop stoning. Having the opportunity to carry out such meaningful campaigns within school enables the children involved to be more knowledgeable and engaged with real world issues and human rights campaigns. Aspiring to make change in the world, together, at such a young age is amazing, more youths should be offered this opportunity, but those who are not taught such things, will not be knowledgeable about the subject, therefore will not aspire to achieve real world change.

1. When you don’t exsist

Extremely powerful to those who believe such terrible things would never happen to them, making real world issues relatable. Such an impactful video, it leaves those whom the video is aimed towards, speechless.


References:

Amnesty International (2016) Amnesty International YouTube – Videos. Available from: https://www.youtube.com/user/AmnestyInternational/videos [Accessed 28 January 2017].

International, A. (2015) 10 best human rights videos. Available from: https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/education/2015/05/10-best-human-rights-videos/ [Accessed 28 January 2017].

Amnesty International USA (2011) Standing up for freedom. Available from: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xUasBLC_ICI [Accessed 28 January 2017].

edeos- digital education (2011) Human rights. Available from: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kbul3hxYGNU [Accessed 28 January 2017].

Amnesty International USA (2009) Morgan Freeman: The power of words. Available from: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9_tCtvmAm4M [Accessed 28 January 2017].

Amnesty International UK (2014) Book and activities: We are all born free. Available from: https://www.amnesty.org.uk/resources/book-activities-we-are-all-born-free#.WIyGD7aLTox [Accessed 28 January 2017].

Amnesty International (2017) I talk out loud. Available from: https://vimeo.com/29140974 [Accessed 28 January 2017].

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