Name: ___________________________ Date: ___________________________ Human Rights Issues Worksheet Read Chapter 27 pages 424 to 435, “Human Rights Issues” from your textbook. Answer the questions below thoroughly. Define and give an example of the key terms of the Chapter where possible: Human Rights Caste Universal Declaration of Human Rights Forced Labour Ethnic Cleansing Bonded Labour Convention on the Rights of the Child Cultural Exceptionalism 1. Universal Declaration of Human Rights a) Read the Universal Declaration of Human Rights of the United Nations (page 426 to 427). b) Read scenarios below (or on page 428) and identify the specific human right (and article) that has been abused or violated. Scenario Right Violated: In downtown Toronto, a man who was living under a bridge is found dead on a cold winter night. Refugees fleeing the fighting in the Darfur region of Sudan are denied entry into neighboring Chad. In North America, young black men driving expensive cars are more likely to be stopped and questioned by the police than are other motorists. In Quebec City, police use copious amounts of tear gas to break up anti-globalization protests. A gay man is attacked and beaten to death in Wyoming, USA. In Saudi Arabia, a convicted thief is punished by having his hand amputated in a public ceremony. In India, a young woman is expected to marry a much older man selected by her parents. In China, thousands of illegal copies of a CD featuring a famous Canadian singer are produced. c) Think of a recent story or headline from the news or examples from class, where someone’s rights were abused or violated for the following Articles, from the Declaration: Article: News Event: Article 3: Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person. Article 7: All are equal before the law and are entitled without any discrimination to equal protection of the law. Article 15: (1) Everyone has the right to a nationality. (2) No one shall be arbitrarily deprived of his nationality nor denied the right to change his nationality Name: ___________________________ Date: ___________________________ 2. Women and Political Power a) What are some obstacles that prevent women from seeking pubic office and political rights in the Core countries? In the Periphery countries? b) What is the relationship between HDI ranking, literacy rates and fertility rates (see chart on page 431) and the percentage of women in government (map on page 430)? 3. Human Rights and War a) List some of the ways women and children are victims of war. b) What is a child soldier? According to UNICEF, how many child soldiers are there and how many conflicts are child soldiers involved in? c) Why are child soldiers so valued? 4. Human Rights and Children a) Although the exact number of child workers is unknown, what statistics does UNICEF cite? b) What are some of the reasons children work? What are some of the regions or geographic areas where child labour is common? c) How many of the world’s children live in poverty according to the UN? d) What is the Convention on the Rights of the Child? 5. Slavery in the 21st Century a) Where are some of the places where slavery still occurs? b) What are some of the reasons why slavery still exists?
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