Human Rights are being threatened more and more on several fronts from scrapping human rights legislation to new warfare technologies, killing and harming others. In terms of war and peace, for the next generations, weaponised drones will be one of the most pressing issues of the day.
Today weaponised drones are being used by various States to assassinate individuals on the slenderest of evidence which would not stand up in a court of law. More often than not, drone strikes impact others nearby, or are aimed at the wrong people, in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Citizens across Europe are already experiencing ‘blowback’ from wars waged in the Middle East and in Central Asia by Western powers, with the violation of human rights felt on both sides. Governments are also using drones against their own citizens. Already the UK has assassinated one of its own citizens. While surveillance drones are already being used routinely for ‘special events’, and are on the brink of becoming a ‘normal’ tool for surveillance.
Meanwhile in North Dakota, USA the police have got permission to arm and use drones against peaceful protestors with ‘non-lethal’ weapons such as tear gas, pepper spray and rubber bullets.
This education pack explores human rights in general with a specific focus on weaponised drones. Activities include source material gathered by peace activists visiting Kabul. The workshops aim to further cultural understanding of Afghanistan, unpack the political positions of world leaders, enhance understanding of what it’s like to live under drones and provide a firm understanding of human rights.
The Fly Kites Not Drones education pack is linked to a yearly campaign which encourages everyone everywhere to fly kites in solidarity with the young people living under the threat from weaponised drones.
The events are timed to takes place on Now Roz- Persian New Year- this year the event will be held on Sunday 19 March 2017.
 Why Can’t Aymel fly his kite? Age 8-11 Duration 80 minutes
To gain an understanding of drones and how they affect children’s human rights
 Human perspectives on drones – Age 11-16 Duration 60 minutes
To understand how different people think and feel about drones and why.
 Drones speaking and listening debate – Age 14-18 Duration 60 minutes
 Fly a kite for peace – All ages Duration 60 minutes
Design and make a kite to fly, send it into the air as a statement of hope and peace. Additional assemblies and workshops are available relating to specific subjects.
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