Amnesty International launches Rights Arcade game app to make human rights learning accessible
Rights Arcade game application launched by Amnesty International.
KATHMANDU. Amnesty International has launched Rights Arcade, a free human rights gaming app that aims to educate the next generation of human rights defenders on rights such as freedom of expression and freedom of peaceful assembly on the occasion of the International Day of Education, which falls on January 24.
Rights Arcade is designed to strengthen the human rights movement through action-oriented education. The games will build players’ knowledge of human rights and encourage people to take action on human rights issues.
A key feature of Rights Arcade is a self-paced approach that allows players to learn, think, and act at their own pace while navigating the game’s stories.
“This game has been designed to empower and encourage people around the world, but especially young audiences, to learn about human rights in an engaging way,” said Agnès Callamard, Secretary General of Amnesty International. “Young people play a central role in shaping the human rights agenda, today and for the future. Reaching them in the spaces they inhabit or regularly engage with is essential to empower and empower new generations of activists to fight for and protect human rights – now and in the future.
Players take a human rights journey through the experiences of three real people: Ahmed Kabir Kishor, a cartoonist wrongfully charged under Bangladesh’s Digital Security Act; Zhang Zhan, a citizen journalist sentenced to four years in prison for reporting on Covid-19 in China; and Panusaya Sithijirawattanakul, a student activist who faces more than 25 charges for protesting in Thailand.
“This game is a tool that not only provides young people with basic human rights knowledge, but also empowers them and inspires them to fight injustices and stand up for truth and justice,” said Nirajan Thapaliya, director of ‘Amnesty International Nepal. “We hope to interact with our thousands of young members and supporters in Nepal through this game to enable them to learn and take action for human rights change.”
The game’s stories, which are fictional experiences inspired by real-world events, are driven by the player’s choices. The player can take on the role and navigate the experiences of the three main characters, make decisions based on their own understanding of human rights, and explain how human rights concepts apply in daily life.
People around the world will be able to access a collection of three games currently available in four languages: English, Simplified Chinese, Thai, and Korean. Rights Arcade can be downloaded on iOS and Android devices, ensuring its accessibility in regions with poor internet connectivity. Rights Arcade will be regularly updated to support learning in more languages, and with new game offerings in the months and years to come.