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This last October, Coursera and Leiden University planned and involved human rights experts, scholars to deliver the global discussion on human rights subjects. Please could you share your own experiences related to human rights education and the challenges the groups rights advocates face on ground where you live!

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What are your experiences, muntima? And how did you like the teach-out?
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Muntima, thanks for this thread. I learned a fair amount from the Global Human Rights Teach-out, and participated in discussions. The scope of UDHR is so broad that I can see the challenges all around.

For one, I posed the question that with all the rights in the 30 Articles, where does responsibility lie in provisioning these rights? There is no discussion about how much does each right cost, in terms of time and resources? Since you mention advocates, these are the practical challenges that most face.

On a personal note, I volunteered for Civil Grand Jury for a year. One of the duties was to visit prisons and review their welfare and facilities. It was an eye opener. They had better welfare and facility than low wage workers, albeit behind bars. And, none of them have to work to earn the welfare of being fed with healthy diet, health benefit, room and board as well as security and legal protections. I know of people who would break laws to get into prison where they have the rights and welfare thus provisioned by the tax payers. That got me thinking about rights and responsibilities.

It was worth spending the time listening to the podcasts given by the professionals, participating in the discussions. I am afraid I did not get any meaningful discussion or reference about the responsibility side of the equation of the ideals encoded in UDHR.
Hi ele81946
i remember your posts and agreed with you. (I am a Teaching Staff there)
The Teach-Out is still open, you know.
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Lochcarron wrote:

What are your experiences, muntima? And how did you like the teach-out?


Hi Scotty, criminal investigation and prosecution, but I do prefer to develop a career in victims rights!
By Coursera experience: translator/ language coordinator(french), mentor of international law in action courses and beta-tester.
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Lochcarron wrote:

Hi ele81946
i remember your posts and agreed with you. (I am a Teaching Staff there)
The Teach-Out is still open, you know.



I do feel they might keep it open for while! What your opinion about, learners continue to post actively?
Yes, Muntima, it will stay open for a bit, there are still people posting and the podcasts will be available on a play list
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Scotty, I searched Responsibility in the Teach-Out forum and found nothing substantive. There are 30 Articles in UDHR. Is there 30 Human Responsibility to each Rights? If so, where can one find it?

There are statements about each State has responsibility in enforcing UDHR. That is no where close to my question about human responsibility. Where is the spirit of "Ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country?" I see way to many cases of individuals demanding rights and not taking responsibility. The most recent case is Assange suing Ecuador for violating his rights when told to pick up after himself and taking care of his own cat while staying for free under the protection of Ecuador as political refuge.

There has to be a point of balance towards adults taking up responsibility for their own well being and less dependency. Resources can then be directed to improve parenting, children to grow up to be loving and responsible. Children are humanity's future.
ele, I also have not seen lists of responsibilities, while I agree that they should come with rights.
When I was PTA President of a large American school that was run by the parents, I always emphasized that with the right to vote on board elections there came the duty to turn up and actually vote.

It can be hard to check and enforce compliance by states, I think. We see it with the IAEA and their often obstructed attempts to check on compliance about nuclear facilities.

Personal responsibility should definitely be taught and expected. There should always also be the facilities in place for people who do not have the ability to look after themselves to be cared for.
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The Global Human Rights Teach out was organized by SDG intiative/SDG Talk which Leiden University chairs, but contains 16 other partners, which is how we were able to gather such a large group of experts to join ous.

Glad to hear so many of you were interested in the topics and joined up. Looking forward to your reflections.

Kind Regards,

Tanja
Community Manager Leiden University

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