Violations of Human Rights: Beyond the Gates
The film, Beyond the Gates, shows audiences the horror that took place during the Rwandan genocide. Shot in the same area as the actual genocide took place, the film tells the story of the Hutu extremist attempt at destroying the countries minority group known as the Tutsi. Many human rights violations were shown in this movie, shedding light on the real issue of how the international community failed to intervene during this time of crisis and prevent the deaths of thousands of people. A few examples of human rights violations during this movie will be discussed in order to create awareness about the many human rights that were violated during the actual Rwandan genocide.
Beyond the Gates takes place in Rwanda during the time when the country’s president is shot and killed in 1994. The characters in this film are located in Kigali, Rwanda’s capital. The majority of the film takes place in a secondary school located in Kigali known as The Ecole Technique Officielle. The school becomes a refugee camp for the Tutsi people during the genocide because the UN peacekeepers are stationed here and catholic priests run the school. The Tutsi feel safe at the school from the Hutu extremists. One of the main characters is Father Christopher, the catholic priest who runs the school. Joe Connor, another main character is a British teacher at the ETO who wants to make a difference in the lives of the students. While there are many Rwandan characters in the film, it focuses mainly on Marie, a young Tutsi girl who has bonded with Father Christopher and Joe and is seeking refuge at the school. Also important to mention is Captain Delon, the head of the UN peacekeepers stationed at ETO. Throughout the film the Captain struggles with the bloodshed he sees and hears around him and the orders he is given by the UN not to intervene in the crisis. These four characters serve as the main characters that make up the story told in the...
The Holocaust in World War II, the Rwandan genocide and Stalin’s forced famine violated humanrights. Humanrights are natural rights that let you live an average life in society like everybody else in the world. These tragic events stripped people of their very basic right to life. Genocide is the deliberate and systematic extermination of a national, racial, political, or cultural group. The Holocaust began on June 25, 1941. It was the murder of six million Jews in Germany by the Nazi’s. The Holocaust ended on May 8, 1945. The Rwanda genocide began on April 7, 1994 where 800,000 Tutsi’s were killed by Hutu’s. The Rwanda genocide ended in July, 1994. Stalin’s forced famine began in 1932 where the entire kulak class was destroyed. Stalin’s forced famine ended in 1933.
The Holocaust was a time in history where darkness had occurred. During the next six years of the Holocaust, the Nazi’s undertook an “Aryanization of Germany dismissing now-Germans from civil service, liquidating Jewish owned businesses and stripping Jewish lawyers and doctors of their clients.” Huge Nazi rallies and acts such as the public burning of books by Jews, Communists, Liberals, and foreigners helped show the message of party strength (all about the Holocaust, 1). Starting in 1941,...
...Violation of HumanRights
June 15, 2012
Why are HumanRights being violated in the world? Humanrights are rights that allow people to have property, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. These rights should be given the day we are born and should be respected. Humanrightsviolations have happened till the present day around the world, in Rwanda with a genocide, in Uganda with the abuse and abduction of children, and in N. Korea with the mistreat of its people. Humanrights are being violated because of power, greed, and a corrupt government.
The first humanviolation we will examine is in Rwanda during April-June, 1994. The Hutus killed almost 1,000,000 Tutsis in a period of 100 days, creating one of the largest genocides in history. After the conquer of Belgium on Rwanda, the groups living there, the Hutus and the Tutsis, have disliked each other. Belgium created I.D. Cards to differentiate the Hutus and the Tutsis. Belgium considered the Tutsis to be superior for many years. The Hutus hated that fact and therefore hated the Tutsis. After Belgium left Hutus took over the country and treated the Tutsis like “roaches”. It was then when the genocide started.
...Do examples of massive abuses of humanrights still exist in modern day society
Presented to Mme Champagne
December 16th 2013
École Secondaire Catholique Béatrice-Desloges
December 15th 2013
Do examples of massive abuses of humanrights still exist in modern day society?
For many years, humans have been accomplishing countless amazing things. Many of which aided and helped society grow as one throughout the years. However, mankind is also capable of terrible things; murder, war, torture and slavery to name a few. In 1949, the UN (United Nations) created the Universal Declaration of HumanRights. It includes civil and political rights (the right to life, liberty, free speech and privacy) and economic, social and cultural rights (the right to social security, health and education). This bill was adopted to prevent disasters from happening and all countries carry the main responsibility to obtain and uphold each article. Many cases of massive violations still occur in modern society. Many of the bill's articles are still being abused today.
To begin, the right to life is one very important article. Without this right, none of the other rights can truly be entitled to...
...HumanRightsViolations in Uganda
According to Article One of the Universal Declaration of HumanRights set forth by the United Nations, “all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.” The interconnectedness in the world produces a new agenda of international issues which affect both powerful and less powerful countries. The doctrine of humanrights aspires to provide the contemporary, allegedly post-ideological, geo-political order with a common framework for determining the basic economic, political, and social conditions required for all individuals to lead a minimally good life (Bova). The effectiveness of promoting and protecting humanrights is significantly aided by individual nation-states’ legally recognizing the doctrine. The moral justification of humanrights is thought to precede considerations of strict national sovereignty (Bova). For many of its supporters, the doctrine of humanrights aims to provide a fundamentally legitimate moral basis for regulating the contemporary geo-political order.
The issue of humanrightsviolations has been prominent in many societies and states for...
...Throughout history, people's humanrights have been violated, but efforts have also been made to address the violations, and protect their rights. Humanrights are rights as regarded belonging to all people. Today we are all entitled to the same rights. In a sense, we are all equal.
Humanrights are rights and liberties that are guaranteed to everyone at birth. On December 10th 1948, the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted and proclaimed the Universal Declaration of HumanRights. It was made for every living human in this world to follow and obey. These rights originated after World War II because they don't want such inhumanity event to ever occur again. So by the world agreeing to this declaration it is almost sure the lives of so many people isn't to be lost again for unnecessa,ry reasons. The main purpose of these rights are to enforce balanced rights of all people. Making sure that all humans have the right o freedom, justice, and peace in the world. It also says that everyone has the right to nationality, religion, and his or her own opinion [Document 1]. Despite the holocaust, abuses of humanrights have continued in the post-World War 2 era.
...Abortion: A Violation of HumanRights?
A medical procedure designed to end a pregnancy is called an abortion. Why a woman would no longer want to be pregnant after conception is a question of many answers in which only the individual woman can answer. Some people are against abortions and believe for one reason or another they should not take place. Others argue, saying that because the pregnancy exists within their body they have the right to do with it as they please, regardless of how it affects the fetus inside of them. Thus the argument begins, pro- or anti-abortion.
Here in the United States there are two different methods of abortions. A woman can either end her pregnancy by taking medicine (called medical abortion) or having surgery (called surgical abortion) (National Institute of Health; Medline Plus). The method of medical abortion involves a two-part medication which is ingested orally at different time intervals and requires the woman be less than eight weeks pregnant. The first part called mifepristone is given to the woman by a doctor. Mifepristone blocks the hormone progesterone needed to maintain the pregnancy. The second part of the medicine called misoprostol is taken twenty four to seventy two hours after the first. Misoprostol causes contractions resulting in a miscarriage. With the later addition of the second medication the uterus contracts and the pregnancy is...
...The two-decade conflict in 19th century in Mexico is considered a dirty war due to the humanrightsviolations that occurred between the army and the citizens. Its impact still affects a number of people, especially those who survived from clandestine camps, including me.
The Mexican Dirty War started in early October of 1968, just days before our first Olympic Games. It began with a massacre took place in the Tlatelolco section of Mexican City and then spread throughout the whole country. During that time, Gustavo Diaz Ordaz, Luis Echeverria and Jose Lopez Portillo were the presidents of Mexico, who should take responsibility for the abuse of power of the army. They intentionally overlooked the fact that the army tortured the citizens to suppress the rebels. Known as guerrilla fighters, a group of people rose in order to fight against the army and to protect the Mexicans. I was a guerrilla fighter and I am proud that I revolted against violations although I had to separate from my family and my friends and live secretly. The picture above shows several other female prisoners and me at Santa Martha Acatitla prison in the 1970s. Personally, I am glad that there were many like-minded women who were not afraid of the army and were willing to devote them into the pursuit of equality and democracy.
Institutional Revolutionary Party or PRI controlled the Mexican government in the 1960s. When a rising student movement...
HumanRightsViolations in the 21st Century: Why they Demand Renewed International Cooperation
A brief survey of human affairs globally from the conclusion of World War II to the present will reveal no shortage of daunting concerns. Global pandemics, proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, devastating environmental disasters, economic volatility, starvation and malnourishment and stateless terrorist associations wrecking destruction on anyone in their way are but some of the major issues facing humanity presently. It has commonly been agreed upon, in one recognizable form or another at least since the Napoleonic wars, that the world’s peoples have converging interests in security, stability and economic prosperity. Regrettably acknowledging this leaves fully in tact questions of exactly how those interests are to be determined and by whom. Nonetheless international institutions and regimes have been established, modified, disassembled and reestablished with different mandates; along the way their efforts have effected real achievement in many areas of human affairs.1 For today’s international challenges the countries and nations of this Earth are bestowed with the United Nations (UN), established in the immediate aftermath of the horrors of the Second World War.
Among the UN’s purposes is ensuring the protection of universal humanrights. With knowledge of...