Human Rights Video and Music Contests

Speak Truth to Power Video Contest

In partnership with the American Federation of Teachers and the Tribeca Film Institute, the 8th annual Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Speak Truth To Power Video Contest invites middle and high school students to create short videos that highlight the work of a human rights defender. In creating these short videos, students can become champions of change in their communities.

The Grand Prize winning video will premiere at the NYC Tribeca Film Festival in April 2019.

ENTRY DEADLINE: February 17 at 11:59 PM EST

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Speak Up, Sing Out! Music Contest

In collaboration with the GRAMMY Museum, Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights invites students to write and produce original songs that speak out against human rights abuses. The format is open to any genre of music.

The Grand Prize winning songwriter will participate in a GRAMMY-related event.


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70th Anniversary of the UDHR – Resource Kit

The UDHR is turning 70 on December 10th! Find ways to celebrate, teach, and more with HRE USA’s online resource kit or participate in our UDHR poster contest.

December 10th, 2018 will mark the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). A milestone document in the global history of human rights, the UDHR is infused with values and ideals drawn from the world over. The UDHR – the most translated document in the world, available in more than 500 languages — is as relevant today as it was on the day that it was proclaimed.

Join HRE USA in celebrating the gift of the UDHR and re-affirm the enduring human rights principles and standards that it helped establish.

Deadline Extended for 2018 Picture Human Rights Poster Contest!

The deadline for the “Picture Human Rights” Poster Contest” has been extended to November 11, 2018.  Join us in celebrating the upcoming 70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) by submitting a poster today!

Artists from ages 5 to 21 are invited to participate by creating a poster based on the UDHR. We hope teachers and youth leaders can use the contest to:
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  • stimulate young people to learn about, reflect on, and express what human rights and the UDHR mean to them.
  • encourage young people to educate their communities about human rights.
  • heighten awareness about the UDHR during its 70th anniversary year

The Deadline for the contest has passed.  

Winners selected for the online gallery will be notified the first week of December 2018. Public announcement of selected artists and public posting to the online gallery will be on Human Rights Day – December 10, 2018.

First Place winners will receive a $300 cash prize. 

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9th International Conference on Human Rights Education – early bird closes soon

The 9th International Conference on Human Rights Education ICHRE) will be held in Sydney, Australia, on November 26-29 2018. The conference leads an annual international dialogue on human rights education (HRE) as a means of promoting democracy, the rule of law, justice, and intercultural and social harmony.

Entitled Unleashing the Full Potential of Civil Society, the conference will coincide with the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the 25th anniversary of the education-oriented Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action. It is Australia’s largest celebration of these two landmark declarations.

The draft conference program will be online in early October. It features an exciting range of papers and includes workshops focused on the practical learning of HRE. Some of our keynote speakers include:

  • the Hon. Michael Kirby AC CMG (former Judge of the High Court of Australia),
  • Mr Xanana Gusmao (former President of East Timor), and
  • Dr Mmantsetsa Marope (Director of UNESCO International Bureau of Education)

Early-bird registration deadline: Wednesday, 10 October

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FREE Webinar with André Keet on HRE

Sign up for this FREE webinar with André Keet, Chair in Critical Studies in Higher Education Transformation at Nelson Mandela University, South Africa.

Date: Monday, October 8
Time: 1 -2 pm EST.
Where: Online Webinar
Cost: FREE

Presenter: André Keet

Title: Can Human Rights Education be Transformative, Critical and Emancipatory?

André Keet holds the Chair in Critical Studies in Higher Education Transformation at Nelson Mandela University, South Africa. He is a Visiting Professor at the Centre for Race, Education, and Decoloniality, Carnegie School of Education at Leeds Beckett University, UK. Prior to this, he served as the Director of the Institute for Reconciliation and Social Justice at the University of the Free State, South Africa.

Webinar Description:

Keet will approach the question, can human rights education be transformative, critical and emancipatory? from two angles:

One, through a reflexive piece Keet wrote on Does Human Rights Education Exist? (2017). In this paper, he traced his own thoughts and praxes on human rights education (HRE) in conversation with others since 2007. An element of self-referentiality is tracking his arguments, for which he apologizes. Revisiting his research and engagement with HRE over the past decade, he tries to make sense of the shifts in his own praxes to disclose, to himself, radical‐alternative possibilities for thinking and doing HRE. In traveling with himself, and others, he began to wonder: Does Human Rights Education exist?

Two, via an edited compilation (2018) put together by Michalinos Zembylas and Keet, Critical Human Rights, Citizenship, and Democracy Education. This book presents new scholarly research that views human rights, democracy, and citizenship education as a critical project. Written by an international line-up of contributors including academics from Canada, Cyprus, Ireland, South Africa, Sweden, the UK, and the USA, this book provides a cross-section of theoretical work as well as case studies on the challenges and possibilities of bringing together notions of human rights, democracy, and citizenship in education.

Teaching Human Rights Workshop


When: Saturday, September 29, 2018, 9:30 AM  – Sunday, September 30, 2018, 1:30 Where: Columbia University, Int’l Affairs Bldg, 420 W. 118 St., NY, NY 10027, Room 802
Cost: $400 (Early bird discount of $50 for those who register by September 10th)

A two-day interactive workshop to build your knowledge of human rights, develop skills to teach human rights to your students, and build/strengthen your capacity to promote respect and empathy within your school or community.

This workshop will develop the capacity of participants to engage in human rights education – to foster knowledge, skills, attitudes, and action for the protection and promotion of human rights among students using rights-based teaching methods. This workshop will include participatory learning activities and active discussion that draws on participants’ own knowledge and perspectives.

Participants will:

  • Learn key human rights concepts, international law, and strategies for human rights advocacy
  • Be introduced to and practice rights-based teaching approaches, which include participatory, interactive and experiential learning methods that respect human rights.
  • Design and facilitate a human rights learning activity
  • Learn how human rights education can meet state standard requirements

Workshop content will be tailored to meet the needs and interests of participants. Prior knowledge of human rights is not required.  Certificate of completion from Columbia University’s Institute for the Study of Human Rights will be awarded.

Limited fellowships available on a rolling basis. Apply here.

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Amnesty International USA Regional Conferences


When: October – November
Where: Various Locations throughout the US
Cost: $15-35

Amnesty International USA is excited to announce the 2018 Regional Conferences throughout the months of October through November in locations across the United States. Regional conferences bring together Amnesty members and other human rights activists to continue the tradition of engaging in networking opportunities, inspiring plenaries, and hands-on skill-building workshops, as well as shaping the policies of the organization.  As activists, you will be challenged to initiate change within your own communities. This will only happen with you – we need you there!

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