Skip to main content Text Only version of this page
BBC
Home
TV
Radio
Talk
Where I Live
A-Z Index
Games
Games
Chat
Chat
Vote
Vote
Win
Win
Quiz
Quiz
Club
Club
 Homepage
 UK
 World
 Sport
 Music
 TV/Film
 Animals
 Sci/Tech
 Weather
 Pictures
 Find Out
 The Team

Contact Us
Help
Teachers





  The UN's Geneva Convention
Updated 21 January 2002, 15.23
Guantanamo Bay, Cuba

Citizenship 11-14/KS3/Levels E&F
The United Nations

Overview
Human rights are protected by international laws and conventions.

This activity explores the human rights issues surrounding the Geneva Convention.

Learning aims

  • Why the Geneva Convention is important
  • Why human rights need to be upheld

Icebreaker
Read the story

Introduce the phrases 'human rights' and 'Geneva Convention' and ask the class about their existing knowledge.

Prisoner's jumpsuit, sandals, flask and shampoo
A Camp X-Ray prisoner's belongings
Main Activity
Divide the class into small groups. The students work through these questions in their groups.

1. How would you define 'human rights'?

Something that protects you from being abused by others.

2. What rights do we have?

  • Right to life
  • Right to a fair trial
  • Freedom from torture
  • Right to protest
  • Freedom from discrimination
  • Right to privacy

3. Can you place these rights in order of importance?

4. How should the US treat the prisoners?

Article 5 of the Geneva Convention states that they should be protected by international law until it is proved that they are prisoners-of-war.

5. Do you think they were treated humanely?

6. What would you do if someone violated your rights?

Protest, go to the Press, phone a lawyer.

7. What can be done to ensure that prisoner's rights are being upheld?

Thorough examinations by independent groups, eg The Red Cross and Amnesty.

Extension activity
Ask the students: "What can the US do to make sure they do not break the Geneva Convention?"

Plenary
Groups feedback ideas: Focus the discussion on why human rights are necessary and how they should be upheld.

Teachers' Background

  • If the detainees are not legally prisoners-of-war, then they aren't protected provided by the Geneva Conventions.

  • In particular, they are not entitled to visits by the International Committee of the Red Cross.

  • Restrictions on the interrogation of prisoners-of-war, contained in the Geneva conventions, will not apply.

  • The detainees are protected by the international human rights laws.

  • These laws require humane conditions of detention and fair trials in the event of prosecutions.

For all links and resources click at top right.


More InfoBORDER=0
TeachersTask: The Red Cross
TeachersTask: Introduction to the UN
WorldSuspects must be well-treated, says Straw
Find OutWhy are they being held in Cuba?

BORDER=0

BBC Links
BORDER=0
In pictures: Camp X-Ray prisoners

BORDER=0

Web Links
BORDER=0
Geneva Convention relating to Prisoners of War
Note: You will leave CBBC. We are not responsible for other websites.

BORDER=0


 


E-mail this page to a friend



Full Teachers Section
Guide: The United Nations
Guide: The UN summit for children
Guide: Asylum seekers
>>BBCi Schools: Loads more citizenship
© BBC Back to top^^
Homepage | UK | World | Sport | Music | TV/Film | Animals | Sci/Tech | Weather
Pictures | Find Out | The Team | Games | Chat | Vote | Win | Quiz | Club