Human Rights

  • No More Tears Sister: Anatomy of Hope and Betrayal

    A story of love, revolution and betrayal, No More Tears Sister explores the price of truth in times of war. Set during the violent ethnic conflict that has enveloped Sri Lanka over decades, the film recreates the courageous and vibrant life of renowned human rights activist Dr. Rajani Thiranagama. Mother, anatomy professor, author and symbol of hope, Thiranagama's commitment to truth and human rights led to her assassination at the age of 35.

    Grades: 9-12
  • Empowerment

    This video from Women, War & Peace demonstrates the power of women and suggests that in today’s world, especially with the evolution of communication, the presence of women at peace talks is necessary and inevitable. In October 2000, the United Nations Security Council passed the first resolution, Resolution 1325, devoted to women, after intense pressure from female activists. Resolution 1325 stipulated that at peace building and reconstruction negotiations, women must be considered. Despite the resolution, women still struggle to be heard and included in such negotiations, but they continue to fight for their rights.

    Grades: 9-12
  • Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars: Music as Social Protest

    In this clip, the Sierra Leone Refugee All Stars perform the song Weapon Conflict at the Sembakounya Refugee Camp in the Republic of Guinea.

    Grades: 9-12
  • The Judge and the General: Looking at Human Rights Abuses Around the World

    In this clip, associated with the lesson plan for The Judge and the General, Chileans remember the plight of political prisoners who were "disappeared" during Pinochet's regime. Judge Juan Guzmán talks about writing rejections of appeals to investigate the disappearances earlier in his career. Students should discuss why some people felt compelled to act in the face of injustice while others, such as Judge Guzmán earlier in his career, didn't seem to recognize what was happening.

    Grades: 9-12
  • Human Rights

    Human rights play a major role in how a country is viewed on the world stage. This video outlines the concepts that you’ll be expected to know for the Regents Exam.

    Grades: 9-12
  • The Cost of Human Rights | Women, War, & Peace

    This video from Women, War & Peace follows Clemencia Carabali, a community activist from Cauca, as she travels to Washington, D.C. Carabali travels to D.C. to share with congressional staffers the perspective of Cauca’s residents—while the Colombian government has one story to tell, many of its residents have a very different and untold story. Following Carabali’s meeting, the U.S. Department of State takes notice of the land conflict in Colombia and vows to continue monitoring the case, which may help the residents of Cauca in their struggle.

    Grades: 9-12
  • The Reckoning: Should the United States Join the International Criminal Court?

    This lesson plan is designed to be used with the film, The Reckoning: The Battle for the International Criminal Court, which tells the history of this judicial body and the struggles it has faced since it was organized in 2002. Classrooms can use this film to explore U.S. policy related to the International Criminal Court (ICC).

    Grades: 6-12
  • Is U.S. Being Transparent Enough about Civilian Deaths from Drone Strikes?

    This Daily News Story from PBS NewsHour Extra was created on October 23, 2013.

    Two human rights advocacy groups published and presented a report on United States drone strikes in Pakistan and Yemen to the public yesterday.

    Grades: 7-12
  • Hispaniola: An Island Divided

    Immediately following the devastating Haitian earthquake of January 2010, many Haitians sought refuge in the neighboring Dominican Republic (D.R.) but their arrival resulted in escalating tensions between the two nations. Despite protests from human rights groups, the D.R. has initiated massive deportations targeting Haitians, whether they arrived legally or illegally. Additionally, a law passed in January 2011 stripped some Dominicans of Haitian descent of their citizenship.

    Grades: 9-12
  • The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict | Wide Angle

    This video from the Wide Angle film "Heart of Jenin" features host Aaron Brown and Gordon Lichfield (deputy editor of discussing the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict and why it persists.

    Grades: 9-12
  • Making a Difference in the Midst of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict | Wide Angle: Lesson Plan

    Using segments from the PBS program: Wide Angle, this high school lesson explores the history and complexity of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and examines the roles individuals and organizations can play in promoting understanding and peace. In addition to videos, there are links to websites and interactive activities that give students more insight into the conflict.

    Grades: 9-13+
  • The Iraqi Refugee Crisis | Wide Angle

    This video segment from the Wide Angle film "Iraqi Exodus" provides an overview of the Iraqi refugee crisis and challenges the refugees face.

    Grades: 9-12
  • Coping with the Crisis | Wide Angle

    This video from Wide Angle provides insight into an Iraqi refugee’s life in Jordan, as well as his life before leaving Iraq. The video explores how host countries Jordan and Syria are coping with the Iraqi refugee crisis and features an interview with Jordan’s Queen Noor.

    Grades: 9-12
  • Going Home? | Wide Angle

    This video segment from the Wide Angle film "Iraqi Exodus" explores the challenges Iraqi refugees face and the tough decisions they make to either stay in a host country or return home.

    Grades: 9-12
  • Populations at Risk: The Problems Facing Internally Displaced Persons Worldwide

    In this lesson, students use video segments from the PBS series Women, War & Peace, as well as information from the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre and the United Nations to learn more about internally displaced populations.

    Grades: 9-12
  • Comparing Education Around the World

    In this lesson plan, students learn about Ken and Joab, two boys who are starting first grade. Ken attends school in Japan, while Joab lives in Kenya. Students compare and contrast the circumstances surrounding the two boys’ experiences at school. They create a venn diagram demonstrating what they have learned. Check out the entire collection of resources from the documentary "Time For School" here.

    Grades: 3-5
  • Malala Yousafzai Champions Education | PBS NewsHour

    This Daily News Story from PBS NewsHour Extra was created on October 14th, 2013 After surviving an attack on her life, Malala has recovered and has dedicated herself to the goal that every child everywhere will receive an education.

    Grades: 7-12
  • Time For School | Brazil: Jefferson

    Many children in Brazil’s favelas (slums) find a safe haven and second home at school. School enrollment is increasing, but the quality of education still remains substandard. In this media gallery, meet Jefferson, a child of the Rochinca favela, who in second grade is one of the few students in his class who can read and write. Follow Jefferson over 12 years as he struggles to overcome poverty and stay in school. Check out the entire collection of resources from the documentary "Time For School" here.

    Grades: 3-12
  • Girls Speak Out | Wide Angle: Lesson Plan

    This lesson follows girls in India and Benin to evaluate their access to education, a basic human right. Check out the entire collection of resources from the documentary "Time For School."

    Grades: 5-13+
  • Time for School | Afghanistan: Shugufa

    One of the many causalities of the three decades of conflict in Afghanistan was the Afghani educational system. In rebuilding the system, much effort has been put into overcoming the cultural barriers preventing the education of girls. In this media gallery from the documentary "Time for School", meet Shugufa and follow her over 12 years as she struggles to get an education amidst the turmoil of war-torn Afghanistan. Check out the entire collection of resources from the documentary "Time For School" here.

    Grades: 3-12