Greetings, and welcome to the Peace Operations Training Institute distance-learning course, Human Rights. My name is Jessica Lawrence and I am the author of this course. Human rights is a term that refers to rights and entitlements that inherently belong to every human being. Although all human beings are entitled to these rights equally, history has shown that all people do not enjoy the same protection of their rights at all times. In this course you will explore the different kinds of human rights, the various international and regional documents created to protect and enforce them, and the historical difficulties and conflicts that have occurred in spite of, and often because of, human rights. It includes extensive discussions on the development of the various human rights treaties and enforcement mechanisms, the special protection given to vulnerable groups, human rights during armed conflict, and current debates involving human rights, such as the use of technology either to promote or restrict human rights, and the increasing international significance of stateless actors like transnational corporations and terrorist groups. If you have any questions regarding the course, please contact me via the Student–Teacher Communication Form at the link below. Thank you for enrolling in Peace Operations Training Institute distance training, and I wish you every success in your studies.