Human rights

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We have selected these resources to support you when you need information relating to human rights including civil rights, child labour, conflict, discrimination, freedom, education, and ethnicity. SCIS 1589364

See also: Slavery: Historic and modernNelson Mandela.

Amnesty International NZ

New Zealand website branch of Amnesty international answers the question, what are human rights? The site also gives detailed examples of how human rights are exploited and suggests how we can all get involved. Has also produced AmnesTeach, a free Human Rights Education Programme for years 8,9 nine and 10.

Suggested level: intermediate, secondary

BBC World Service

A BBC site with information and personal stories about children suffering a range of human rights abuses.

Suggested level: intermediate, secondary

Human rights watch

US human rights current affairs news site with up to date articles and video clips of human rights issues around the world.

Suggested level: intermediate, secondary


To discover information on the home work site ManyAnswers use the search term human rights.

Suggested level: intermediate, secondary

Te Ara – Human rights

Explore the short or full story relating to New Zealand’s stance on human rights including the 1990 Bill of Rights act. 

Suggested level: primary, intermediate, secondary.


Britannica Online, Global Issues In Context, and Opposing Viewpoints provide a range of information on many aspects of human rights. School login (username and password) is required.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate, secondary

Unicef – Convention of the Rights of the Child

Learn about this Convention, and how it is being used to improve the lives of children around the world.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate.

What are human rights?

Learn about the basic rights and freedoms to which all humans are entitled. And, in particular the two main pieces of law in New Zealand that specifically promote and protect human rights.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate, secondary


Have you thought about using books with your class to support your topic? The following are some suggestions for your students (and you!) to read and enjoy.

Armando and the blue tarp school, by Edith Hope Fine, 2007 (picture book)
The island, by Armin Greder, 2007 (picture book)
White water, by Michael S Bandy, 2011 (picture book)


Human rights. Edeos-digital education. Youtube 8.40

What are child rights? UNICEF Australia. Youtube. 3.04