Living Rights: Making Human Rights Come Alive


Diane Perlman, PhD – TRANSCEND Media Service

I am pleased to announce the publication of Living Rights: Making Human Rights Come Alive–Activity Book and Journal on Amazon as an Ebook and Print on Demand, just in time for Human Rights Day, December 10.

There is and will be more excerpts and free downloads on my website, including a template of cards of the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights 30 articles plus 10 new articles 5 pages with 8 cards on each that can be printed and cut out  so anyone can keep their rights in their pocket. This and more are on which links to

The book has 37 varied activities for all ages, journal pages for each human right with blank space and resources.  My intention is to raise consciousness and promote human rights education. This is for all ages, though I would like to get it into schools and school systems. It can also be a creative activity for people during quarantine.

I would appreciate you sharing this with anyone who might find valuable. See details below.


Many around the world are unaware of the existence of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a landmark document spearheaded by Eleanor Roosevelt, adopted by the UN General Assembly in 1948. Awakening to the fact that we have inalienable rights can shift consciousness; can be life-changing and ultimately world-changing. Discovering this deep, unspoken truth can be like breaking a spell.

Living Rights is an interactive workbook and journal with activities for all ages with space for writing and creative expression. It has resources for individuals, classes and groups or for those who plan workshops and events. It’s designed to make our rights come alive with engaging activities to promote personal and global awareness and deeper understanding of our place in history, our common humanity and the importance of human rights for everyone in the world.

It contains background information on the UDHR and 37 varied activities to enrich our appreciation of rights. These include thought experiments; prompts to imagine 1948; categories of rights; applications to history, social studies, literature, current events, refugees, disabilities, Black Lives Matter, the pandemic, the right to healing and repair from historical trauma, legal abuse, storytelling, vocabulary words, coloring pages, word searches, a maze and opportunities to make up rights and activities. A section was just added to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the US atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and to celebrate the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, highlighting the right to live free from the fear of war and the nuclear threat.

Living Rights amends the 1948 UDHR with new rights regarding the environment, war and nuclear proliferation.

The Journal Section provides a page for each right with blank space and a recommended strategy for a “Right of the Week” theme.

The Resource Section includes quotes, lists of Nobel Peace Prize winners, books, films, songs & organizations; resources for disability rights, Black Lives Matter & whistleblowers; a calendar of international days, weeks, years & decades; a Child’s Environmental Bill of Rights; and pledges, oaths & ethical codes. It provides an easy formula for designing events, workshops & assemblies.

To access free downloadable pages with word searches, a maze and coloring pages for use with the e-book, for anyone, visit You can also print and cut out your own human rights cards so you can keep your rights in your pocket.


This book is an invitation to act, to make a difference, to live with meaning…Read this book. Live with meaning.

Edgar S. Cahn, Ph.D., J.D., former counsel and speechwriter to Robert F. Kennedy

Diane Perlman’s “Making Human Rights Come Alive” ingeniously guides readers through interactive activities…we owe it to ourselves and to others to learn as much as we can about human rights, and then practice what we learn throughout our lives. 

Professor Richard Falk, International Law, Princeton University

Diane Perlman’s excellent, practical resource can help generate the deeper thinking and civic engagement so desperately needed in our broken world.

Marie Dennis, Senior Advisor to the Secretary General, Co-President (2007-2019), Pax Christi International

It is an example for children, families and communities to use this book for education to bring human rights as the basis of human dignity. It is a gift of the spirit to those whose rights have been violated and feel depressed to show them that they have the same inalienable Human Rights without exception.

Mubarak Awad, a Christian Palestinian-American psychologist, referred to as the Palestinian Gandhi, founder of Nonviolence International

As a literacy educator and researcher … Dr. Perlman provides the backbones for the development of another fundamental literacy: rights literacy.

Allister Chang, Member, DC State Board of Education


Diane Perlman, PhD, is a clinical and political psychologist, conflict analyst, interdisciplinary social scientist, educator, mediator, lifelong human rights advocate, environmentalist, and patent holder. She is interested in psychological dynamics of enmity, nuclear proliferation, terrorism, authoritarianism, gender and violence, psychological manipulation of the public and demystification, climate chaos, reversing cycles of violence, psychological requirements for reconciliation, second-order change approaches that address underlying causes rather than treating symptoms, blowback from coercive policies, and strategies of win-win conflict transformation capable of producing enduring security.  Previously she had a clinical practice in individual, couple and family therapy, psychoneuroimmunology and Jungian oriented psychotherapy. 

Dr. Perlman is co-author of Reconciliation with Joanna Santa Barbara and Johan Galtung and has a chapter in The Psychology of Terrorism. She is a guest editorialist for Transcend Media Service and has written psychological analyses of politics for Huffington Post, OpEd News, Medium and others. She is the US Convener of Transcend International and was the co-chair of the committee on global violence and security for Psychologists for Social Responsibility.  

Dr. Perlman has been a civil society representative for Transcend International,  Psychologists for Social Responsibility, Physicians for Social Responsibility, Mediators Beyond Borders, and George Mason University School of Conflict Analysis and Resolution at the UN Fourth World Conference on Women, the UN Climate Conference, UN Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty Conferences, UN Negotiations for a Treaty on the Prohibitions of Nuclear Weapons, and the UN Conference on the Establishment of a Middle East Zone Free of Nuclear Weapons and Other WMD. She has presented at several national and international conferences on political psychology. She is organizing an interdisciplinary task force of social scientists to collaborate on solution-oriented approaches to conflict transformation in the Middle East. 

In 2018 she created a deck of cards of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights with activities which evolved into this activity book and journal. She is now committed to promoting human rights education for people of all ages around the world so people can become aware of and claim their inalienable rights.


This article originally appeared on Transcend Media Service (TMS) on 14 Dec 2020.

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