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Global Issue


1. Brief description of the issue.
- Write THREE questions starting with "What if.....?" about "your global issue."
- Brainstorm and explain why the world should care about this issue.
What if the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights was never made?
What if there the world was completely free of all Human Rights abusers?
What if human rights were disregarded in every country and they were not punishable by law?
Brief description of this issue.
Human rights. There are many descriptions about them and they all seem to vary greatly however the most profound one is that they are rights that belong to everyone because they are human. They were lay down by an organisation called the United Nations and have been acknowledged by over 150 countries. Human Rights are the corner-stone of modern laws and most of the laws usually revolve around them. They are the very fundamentals upon which our lives are governed. As long as there have been human rights there have been human rights abusers trying to get away with something they know is wrong. Even in the 21st century the whole world is not observing the UNUDHR because of many reasons. - Avjit

2. Why do you consider this a global issue? (Who does it affect? Where is it occurring? What proportion of the world is affected or will be affected in the future?)
I would consider human rights abuses a global issue because it literally affects the globe. There has been at least one human right abuse in every single country and, obviously, I could not write all of them out because my list would take all the room. However I shall state some of major human rights abuses that have occurred after the UNUDHR was set up. In America, in 2007, the death penalty is still operational. This abuses the right which states that no human shale be punished in a degrading or inhumane manner. Human rights are constantly being abused in Asia, mainly in China, prisoners are still being handcuffed to the ceiling and having weights up to 3kgs shackled onto their feet. This kind of treatment breaks article 5 and 12 of UNUDHR. Human rights are also being abused in Africa, Congo to be more exact, where in December 67 villagers were arrested of those 50 suffered cruel degrading treatment and 30 women were allegedly raped. These Congo policemen have broken articles 5 and 12 of the declaration of human rights which is very sad because the policemen were supposed to be enforcing the law. The human rights situation in Europe is generally thought to be very good but there have been many cases which show that all is not well. Like the Paris massacre of 1961 where up to 30,000 Algerians were attacked because they were protesting against the Algerian war. By reading the above information I think that it is fair to say that human rights abuses truly is a GLOBAL issue. - Avjit

3. What are some of the different opinions/perspectives on the issue? (Give examples, evidence and pictures to support your answers above)
This is a global issue so obviously there are many different perspectives on this issue. Some of the main ones are as follow.
avjit_united_nations.gifUnited nations- Whereas disregard and contempt for human rights have resulted in barbarous acts which have outraged the conscience of mankind, and the advent of a world in which human beings shall enjoy freedom of speech and belief and freedom from fear and want has been proclaimed as the highest aspiration of the common people. Since the UN were the organisation that set up the declaration they are obviously for the declaration however taking only their perspective into consideration would be very biased.avjit_candle.jpg
Amnesty international- Amnesty International believes that learning about human rights is the first step toward respecting, promoting and defending those rights. Amnesty International is another organisation which believes that it is important to acknowledge human rights and only by acknowledging them can we start to defend them. They also believe that Human rights education is both a lens through which to observe the world and a methodology for teaching and leading others.
China- In March, 2004, an amendment was made to the **Constitution of the People's Republic of China**, stating "The State respects and preserves human rights however most countries, governments and organisations seem to believe that China has a critical status when it comes to human rights abuses.
Zimbabwe- Zimbabwe argues that law is an obstacle to historical and social justice clearly the Zimbabwe government see human rights and laws as an obstacle that gets in the way of historical and social justice. The government believe that Human rights are just a conspiracy by the US to avoid other countries coming into power and achieving social justice. - Avjit

4. Why are there different opinion/perspectives on the issue? (Give examples, evidence and pictures to support your answers above)
As with any other global issue there are many conflicting perspectives about this issue. Some countries believe that they are being tricked into being inferior and not being given a fair chance to progress because they cannot treat people who get into the way of the countries economic growth poorly. On the other hand some organisations think that human rights are very important because they are based on the same principle that everyone should follow because they are human. Other governments dislike the declaration because it interferes with their political rallies because they ( the government) are not allowed to suppress the media or forbid them for saying things that are critical of that particular government. - Avjit

5. What are your individual opinions on the issue? (each group member comments about this)
Human rights is not one of my favourite topic, well its my worst topic to say the least. However I feel that human rights should not be ignored. By choosing to ignore human rights we choose to isolate us from everyone else because by ignoring them we are giving the message to the world that we are not human so we dont have to follow these rights. People who abuse human rights are usually if not always hated and some of them suffer horrendous deaths because they fell that they are superior to others and the rights written down in the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights dont apply to them. - Avjit

6. What are some of the solutions to solve this global issue?
avjit_hitler.jpgThere have been many Human Rights abuses throughout history and none of them were as bad as the Holocaust which occurred during world war 2. World War 2 began in 1939 and raged for 6 years until 1945. During these 6 years the Nazi's (Hitlers men) slaughtered more than 10 million people, the majority of which were jews but also included people like homosexuals, pacifists, criminals, gypsies and mentally disabled people. Hitler thought that he was not doing any thing bad because the UNUDHR was not set up then. One way that the world solved this issue was by establishing the United Nations which replaced the leauge of nations and they set up a declaration of human rights that now has 192 members. Obviously the declaration has not worked because there are still human right abuses so I think that the best approach to this issue at this moment is to jail the culprits not execute them because we would be just as guilty of human rights abuses if we were to kill them which would suggest that we had to kill ourselves as well. - Avjit

7. Who should carry out the solution(s)?
Every country in the world has to co-operate for this solution to work. If one country slacks then the whole thing would be a waste of time because human rights abuses would still exist. The government needs to employ trustworthy people as policemen to capture the criminals and every normal person has to do their part in protecting the society by actively keeping watch over their neighbourhood. The solution should also be carried out by the United Nations because they were the one who introduced the concept of human rights in the first place and they should strengthen the declaration more by adding thing to it which insures that no one can misinterpret the declaration of human rights. - Avjit

8. Imagine your group is in charge of deciding what the world should do about the issue. Brainstorm the ways that you would solve your global issue. Justify your choice. (You will need to work together on this)
I think that there would never be a way that this global issue could be solved. This one is a lot trickier than other global issues such as global warming because global warming has a discrete answer such as cut down carbon emissions but for human rights abuses to be completely eradicated the majority of the world would probably need to be locked away and I just dont see that as a solution, however if I was in charge of deciding what the world should do about the issue I would suggest that the world gets more law enforcers to patrol the streets to make sure that and felony is not being committed. -Avjit


References


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Nations (Question no. 6)
http://allafrica.com/stories/200703200417.html (Question no. 2)
http://www.sussex.ac.uk/history/documents/2._gordon_world_reactions_to_the_1961_paris_pogrom.pdf (Question no. 2)
http://www.amnestyusa.org/Educate/About/page.do?id=1102103&n1=4&n2=79&n3=1340 (Question no. 3)
http://www.amnestyusa.org/What_You_Can_Do/Educate/page.do?id=1102117&n1=4&n2=79 (Question no. 3)
http://www.un.org/Overview/rights.html (Question no. 3)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Human_rights_in_the_People's_Republic_of_China (Question no. 3)
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science?_ob=ArticleURL&_udi=B6VC6-4DD942H-2&_user=10&_coverDate=10%2F01%2F2004&_rdoc=1&_fmt=&_orig=search&_sort=d&view=c&_acct=C000050221&_version=1&_urlVersion=0&_userid=10&md5=383e008a5851816c91c1c5d62586548e
(Question no. 3)
http://www.biblepicturegallery.com/Samples/ca/editors/symbols/United%20Nations%20logo.gif (Image 1 question 3)
http://www.amnesty.org/images/aboutai/candle_collage.jpg (Image 2 question 3)
http://www.gazellebookservices.co.uk/Military/WW2/images/Psychological%20Study%20of%20Adolf%20Hitler.jpg (Image 1 question 6)