Supplemental Materials

Competing Visions of Human Rights: Questions for U.S. Policy

Competing Visions of Human Rights: Questions for U.S. Policy draws students into the debate on the role of human rights in U.S. policy. Through readings and activities students explore the history of international human rights and consider various options for defining and protecting rights.

Online Resources from the Choices Program

Graphic Organizers

Videos featuring experts—professors, policy makers, journalists, activists, and artists—answering questions that complement the readings and lessons.

Human Rights and Social Movements
For use with the lesson "Human Rights and Social Movements"

Online Lesson: Xu Wenli and the China Democracy Party
An activity incorporating videos in which a former political prisoner describes his time in prison, the democracy movement in China, and his views on human rights. It also includes suggestions and questions that teachers may adapt for use in their classrooms.

Online Lesson: Interrogation Tactics in the News
The U.S. treatment of terrorism suspects has raised major questions about U.S. respect for human rights. The documentary film, Torturing Democracy, tells the inside story of how the U.S. government adopted controversial techniques as official policy in the aftermath of 9/11. The Choices Program has developed an accompanying study guide to this film.

Examples of International Human Rights Treaties and National Constitutions
The following documents may be used to supplement the Day One lesson "Human Rights in Action" and the Day One Alternative "What are Human Rights?"

Web Links

Amnesty International
Provides information on human rights conditions around the world organized by country, topic, and international campaign.

The Brookings Institution: Human Rights page
Provides up-to-date articles and reports on human rights.

Center for Economic and Social Rights
Provides information and current reports on economic and social rights conditions around the world.

Council on Foreign Relations: Democracy and Human Rights
Provides up-to-date articles and reports on democracy and human rights.

Global Voices Online: Human Rights
Provides reporting on a compilation of blogs, images, videos, and other forms of citizen media created by individuals around the world.

Human Rights Watch
Provides current reports on human rights conditions around the world. Reports are organized by topic and location.

International Center for Transitional Justice
Provides information about responses to systematic or widespread violations of human rights.

PBS Wide Angle: Human Rights
Provides a collection of international current affairs documentaries focused on human rights.

United Nations: Human Rights
Provides information about UN human rights treaties, conferences, courts, and major topics in human rights.

Examples of Regional Initiatives that Promote Human Rights

The Americas

Organization of American States: Human Rights


African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights

African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights


Council of Europe: European Court of Human Rights

European Union: Human Rights


Burke, Roland. Decolonization and the Evolution of International Human Rights (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2010). 264 pages.

Donnelly, Jack. International Human Rights (Boulder: Westview Press, 2006). 272 pages.

Glendon, Mary Ann. A World Made New: Eleanor Roosevelt and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (New York: Random House Trade Paperbacks, 2002). 368 pages.

Ignatieff, Michael (ed.). American Exceptionalism and Human Rights (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2005). 392 pages.

Lauren, Paul Gordon. The Evolution of International Human Rights: Visions Seen (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2003). 416 pages.

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