Human needs – human rights
An exercise that combines groupwork and plenary discussion to help participants connect their human needs and their human rights under international law.
About the exercise
- Multi format exercise
- Time required : 60 minutes
- Target audience : This is a more theoretical version of ‘Paradise island’ and is best suited to more formal training settings, for example with government officials, academics or faith leaders. It also works well with civil society organisations and human rights defenders.
- To help participants make the connection between human needs and human rights.
- To help participants overcome any prejudices they might have about human rights being a ‘Western concept’.
An exercise that combines group and pair work with plenary discussion to help participants connect their human needs with their human rights under international law. It works well in contexts where there is some scepticism about human rights. ‘The Clifftop’ exercise is a good follow-up to this exercise.
Source:Adapted from an exercise by the Human Rights Educators’ Network of Amnesty International, USA.