International Human Rights Standards and Iran
According to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, simply by virtue of being born, all of us are inherently entitled to certain rights, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, social class or political affiliation. While many of these rights have been universally adopted and accepted, they are often violated by the very governments that promise to uphold and defend them. Therefore, as citizens, it is important to know and understand these rights, the international mechanisms created to protect them and the domestic laws that enforce them.
You have probably heard people talk about these universally accepted rights and commitments to international standards, but have you ever wondered what they actually are and why they are important? Are you interested in learning more about human rights standards? Do you want to learn how you can hold the government accountable to its commitments to human rights? If so, this course can help you. International Human Rights Standards and Iran aims to help raise your legal understanding and political awareness of international human rights standards.
This course will also give you tools and knowledge you need to better understand Iran’s domestic laws and how these laws can be used to hold the government accountable to its international commitments to protect and defend human rights.
This course is divided into four lessons:
- International standards and the United Nations;
- International commitments and enforcement mechanisms for human rights treaties;
- International treaties and Iran’s legal system; and
- Civil society and international human rights standards.
At the end of each lesson, you can take a short quiz to test what you have learned.