Teaching human rights: education's fourth 'R'
To mark the 30th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, this Issue of the Unesco Courier is devoted to the problems of the teaching of human rights those inherent rights due to man simply in virtue of his humanity.
Among the contributors, Leah Levin, author of longer study, Human Rights: Questions and Answers, prepared at UNESCO's request to serve as a model for teaching materials in human rights education, answers twenty questions. To mention just half of them: What is meant by human rights? How is this idea reflected in practice? Is there any other way of ensuring the protection of human rights? Why do States resist international scrutiny of their compliance with their duties to promote and protect human rights under the Charter? Is the Declaration legally binding upon States? What means are provided for implementation? What can the Human Rights Committee do if it considers that governments are not complying with their undertakings? Does the Committee deal with individual complaints? What provision is there for the implementation of the Covenant on Social, Economic and Cultural rights? Can anyone who feels that human rights are being violated appeal to the United Nations?
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