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Human Rights Day is observed every year on 10 December. It commemorates the day on which, in 1948, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

The honour the day, The Open University has produced a series of videos with Open University Law School (OULS) academics exploring various aspects of the Universal Declaration on Human Rights.

Human Right to Religious Freedom

Article 9 of the European Convention on Human Rights provides a right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion. Jessica Giles, Lecturer in Law, at OULS explores how this right is protected and what society would look like without it.

Human Right to Freedom of Expression

The freedom of expression forms an integral part of society. Article 10 of the Human Rights Act, protects what is essential for any democracy to function: The exchange of opposing views in order to fuel a critical debate. Anne Wesemann, Lecturer in Law, at OULS went to Speakers' Corner in London to find out what freedom of expression looks like now.

Human Right to Privacy

Professor Simon Lee, Professor in Law at OULS visits Bletchley Park to explore Human Right to Privacy. He looks at the case of Alan Turing, the Bletchley code breaker who decoded private messages and then had his privacy violated when police found he has living with another man. Professor Lee also addresses modern day cases and asks why is the right to privacy and to respect for family life so controversial?