Human Rights Defenders

Online Course

Human Rights Defenders

What is the course about?

Human Rights Defenders
The course Human Rights Defenders is an online class provided by Amnesty International through edX. The skill level of the course is Introductory. It may be possible to receive a verified certification or use the course to prepare for a degree.
Human rights defenders have the courage to stand up against injustice. Learn about their stories, struggles and successes. Explore how defenders mitigate risk, take action to defend human rights, and how you can use your voice to join the fight, too.
Course description
Human rights defenders are people who have the courage to stand up against injustice.  In this online course, you will follow their stories, learn how they mitigate risks and explore the creative ways they use to speak up. You will find out what drives them to take action, witness what defenders can achieve and discover how you can use your voice to defend your rights and those of others.   Together we’ll explore: The diverse situations of human rights defenders Threats human rights defenders, their friends and families, are facing Strategies to mitigate risks and ways to take action You will be challenged to take part in discussions with other course participants, reflect on human rights issues you care about, and create a practical toolkit that serves as a personal guide to defending human rights. This is Amnesty International’s third Massive Open Online Course. Be prepared for active learning, connecting with course participants from across the world and to become part of a global community dedicated to taking action to defend human rights everywhere.This course is also available in Spanish, French, and Arabic.

Prerequisites & Facts

Human Rights Defenders

Course Topic

Humanities, Law, Social Sciences

University, College, Institution

Amnesty International

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Place of class

Online, self-paced (see curriculum for more information)



Degree & Cost

Human Rights Defenders

To obtain a verified certificate from edX / Amnesty International you have to finish this course or the latest version of it, if there is a new edition. The class may be free of charge, but there could be some cost to receive a verified certificate (49.00 USD) or to access the learning materials. The specifics of the course may have been changed, please consult the provider to get the latest quotes and news.
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