Human Rights Issues In Sierra Jones

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1. What human rights issues were illustrated in the film? What international laws are in place to stop or prevent those abuses?
“Human rights are rights inherent to all human beings, whatever our nationality, place of residence, sex, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, language, or any other status. We are all equally entitled to our human rights without discrimination. These rights are all interrelated, interdependent and indivisible.” Source: http://www.un.org/en/documents/udhr/

The human rights are inherent to all human beings, however throughout the film it can be seen that these human rights are not present in Sierra Leone. The most significant human rights issues that were relevant in the film were freedom and equality. These
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Also, through presenting such horrific scenes, individuals viewing the movie would actually understand the tough and inhumane situations that the people in Africa were in. Even whilst watching the film, some viewers may feel frightened of what was happening and makes them think what would they feel like if they were in their shoes. Thus, making it necessary for the film to include these scenes.
3. After the RUF burns Solomon’s village, they chop off the hands of the villagers. What is the significance of this action? What does it symbolise?
In the film Blood Diamond, the rebels caught the civilians and were picking fitt and built adults to use as ‘slaves’ and workers. Although, those who were not fit enough were held captive and had their hands cut off. The rebel’s captain Poison ironically stated that ‘the future is in your hands”, therefore if they did not have their hands then they would not have anything to guide their life with. Thus, making them useless. It may symbolise that if they have no hands, then they would have no way of guiding their

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