Violations of Human Rights

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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...
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