Human rights videos are a great way to learn more about human rights in an engaging and effective way. We have compiled a list of 5 human rights videos for your consideration. Whether you want to learn more about human rights yourself, discuss human rights issues in the classroom or engage others in human rights, this article features human rights videos for various purposes.
This video was produced by EachOther, formerly known as RightsInfo and was funded by the Legal Education Foundation. Hands down, this is one of the best animated human rights videos ever made. The video is getting more specific to the UK towards the end and therefore might not be the best fit for a global audience. Nevertheless, the accessible language, smart animations, engaging voice over and excellent script make this video one of our all time favorites. The video provides a quick introduction to what human rights are, why they are important, what they entail and how they are protecting everyone of us.
Amnesty International is well known for its work in Human Rights Education. As part of their Massive Open Online Courses they regularly produce educational videos with human rights defenders, activists and staff members. On top of that, they occasionally produce animated videos and visual assets that accompany their learning experiences. This video series is part of their online course on Refugee Rights and relates to the different stages of the perilous journey of refugees from the moment they leave their homes to the arrival in a new country. Amnesty’s course on Refugee Rights has reached more than 150,000 learners until today, making it one of the most successful human rights courses out there.
Published in 2012 as part of Amnesty’s #WhenYouDontExist-Campaign, this video has reached more than half a million viewers and it is quite controversial. We won’t spoil it for you in case you haven’t seen it yet. The video is a great asset to initiate the discussion about refugee rights, empathy and discrimination. It invites the viewers to engage in self-reflection, questions stereotypes and conscious or unconscious bias.
This video about sexual consent has gone viral several times and reached more than 8 million viewers. The stick-figure video is simple and minimalistic. It compares sexual consent to consent for making someone a cup of tea. The analogy is catchy, succinct and concise. If you are discussing sexual consent or the #MeToo movement in your classroom, this video can be an excellent asset to counter claims that men are confused about what is right and wrong. It’s simple. Don’t make anyone drink tea without consent, ever.
This video utilizes a common human rights education activity to explain the impact of privilege, racial injustice and social inequality in our lives. There are many similar videos on Youtube depicting the so called walk of privilege. We’ve chosen this one because it’s authentic, builds up nicely without overexplaining what’s happening and leaves space for further discussion. The video also demonstrates that you don’t need a big budget to make a great video about human rights issues.