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Rory O'Connor • 1994
This magazine-style program has been combined
especially for classroom and group use, making it a unique and
valuable resource for educators and activists. Hosted by Charlayne
Hunter-Gault of The News Hour with Jim Lehrer.
The Power of Human Rights, 32 min.
- The Power of Human Rights is a good
introduction to human rights issues and the causes of conflict
- Voices of Human Rights - Traces the evolution of modern
human rights from World War II, featuring many of the people
on the frontlines worldwide.
- Peace Watch - International mediator
Adam Curle shares his insights on the roots of violence conflict
and why peace is key to human rights.
- Human Rights High School - At the El
Puente Academy in Brooklyn, 60 9th-grade students attend the
only "human rights school" in the world today.
U.S. & Canada
Human rights abuses aren't just happening
in other countries. Amnesty International has reported nine areas
of violation in North America. This video looks at several concerns:
Civil Rights -Excerpts from "Freedom on My Mind" focus on a critical
civil rights struggle of the 60's, with relevance for today.
- James Bay -The Cree and Inuit people of Canada are
struggling to protect their tribal lands from a state owned hydroelectric
project in Quebec.
- School of the Americas - A taxpayer-funded
military school in Georgia is training known human rights abusers,
including dictators and drug runners.
Native Hawaiians - Victims
of history, Native Hawaiians are fighting for the right to live
on their native lands.
Women Under Attack, 32 min.
This program looks at two of the most
terrifying human rights issues facing women in several countries,
as well as the growth in empowerment organizations for women.
- Rape and War Investigates how rape is systematically
used as a weapon of war in Iraq, Bosnia, Somalia, and Kashmir.
- World Women's Movement - Charlotte Bunch, Director of Rutger's
Global Leadership Institute for women, describes the emerging
global women's movement.
- Female Mutilation - Millions of women in Asia
and Africa are forced to undergo mutilation of their genitals
for cultural and religious reasons. This segment examines this
practice and features Pulitzer Prize winning author Alice Walker,
who presents excerpts from her novel and film on the subject.
Around the World, 30 min.
This program features several
of the major human rights hot spots around the world, as well
as the ongoing debate over how to support human rights most
effectively. These segments can be used separately or together.
and Free Trade - A look at the debate over how to impact China's
poor record on human rights, and why free trade has gained the
- Sarajevo Under Seige - An intimate look st the tragedy
of one neighborhood, with commentary by New
York Times reporter
Somalia and Intervention - How effective was the
UN intervention in Somalia and is it a model for future relief