More than 26,000 people sign up to Amnesty International’s first online rights course

The first ever Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) from Amnesty International opened this week, and has attracted sign-ups from people across the globe who want to learn more about the right to freedom of expression and how to defend it.

Amnesty International experts, including Netsanet Belay, Africa Director, Research and Advocacy, will be delivering the course.

Ensaf Haider, wife of imprisoned blogger Raif Badawi, will take part in a live interactive session later today – “Freedom of Expression in Saudi Arabia”.

Amnesty International has partnered with edX, a global leader in online education founded by Harvard University and MIT, to deliver the MOOC, which is designed to deepen understanding and create ‘agents of change’.

“Our human rights course is for anyone who wants to discuss, analyse and take action for the right to freedom of expression around the world. By equipping people with a deeper knowledge of human rights – and how best to defend them – we want to support positive and lasting change,” said Barbara Weber, Director, Human Rights Education at Amnesty International.

The MOOC remains open for unlimited registration.