Presented to Mme Champagne
December 16th 2013
École Secondaire Catholique Béatrice-Desloges
December 15th 2013
Do examples of massive abuses of human rights 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 Human Rights. 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 someone. If not respected, the abuse of this right can lead to murder, massacre and even genocide at the most extreme case. One major example of modern day genocide is the 1994 genocide in Rwanda. To further explain the situation, Rwanda was composed of three ethnic groups such as Hutu (85%), Tutsi (14%) and Twa (1%) ("Rwanda"). There had been much tension between the two groups of Hutu and Tutsi and one event had set things off for the worst. On April 6th,1994, the Hutu President Habyarimana's plane was shot down by Tutsis. With this event, the violence began between both groups. With the beginning of the war to cover them, the Hutus began mass killing Tutsi and Hutu traitors. It was said that 500 000 to 1 000 000 men, women and children had been killed and/or brutally raped. This describes a major human rights violation in many ways. The Hutus murdered innocent Tutsis senselessly and without reason. Also, many countries such as the United States, Great Britain, and France. knew about the Hutus plans for extermination and did not do anything about it. Some countries even supplied weapons to them. When things got particularly bad, the peacekeepers pulled back their groups and also forced the UN to abandon the people of Rwanda. Each person killed was denied the right to live free from violence and senseless murder. Although not as severe, there are also many massive violations occurring in North Korea. "The North Korean government not only starves people to death, but also has taken away their freedom to search for ways to survive." States Hwan Jang Yop, former international secretary of the Korean Worker's Party (Yop). As Yop explained, the conditions in North Korea are unbearable; there is no right to free speech and all TV, radio and advertisements are controlled by the government. There is also approximately 150 000 to 200 000 prisoners kept in concentration camps where they are forced to provide unreasonable labour and risk repeated torture, beatings and execution. Such violations are despicable since the countries own Great Leader is creating these conditions and abjuring the UN's aid. To conclude, the examples previously shown indicate that there is still, in fact, extreme violations of the right to life.
As previously mentioned, it is very important that each article of the bill of human rights is respected so that they all become equal assets to human rights. Another very important right is the freedom of speech. Many people are denied freedom of speech in communist countries such as China, Cuba, Laos, North Korea, and Vietnam. The government controls all media in these countries and denies any speech, article, blog, etc. they consider to be against...