Mini Essay

GLOBAL ISSUES
Research Exam #1 /
Human Rights
Overview
The most important resources of any group, organization and even country, are human beings.  Human
life is important.  This importance should be universal.  Yet, from the beginning of time, humans have
attempted to place a value or premium on one human life over another.  The discrepancy in the value of a
human life is worldwide.
The United States of America has a compromised history in regards to Human Rights.  The USA has
violated the human rights of Africans wrongly enslaved, Japanese-Americans detained during WWII and
certainly Native Americans, the indigenous people of what we today call
the
Americas.  People who
practice Catholicism and Judaism, along with the LBGTQ community have faced often violent biases in
America.  
Today, in addition to the historic biases against the
people
groups referenced above, people of Hispanic
ancestry are among the latest targets of unfair and unhuman treatment on American soil. It should be
noted, human rights violations in America extend beyond the fore-referenced groups to include issues like
mass incarceration.
People, human beings, are at the center of Globalization and thus Global Issues.  The driving force behind
Globalization (the integration of markets, politics, values and environmental concerns across borders) are
people.  Obviously, the treatment of people is front and center.  
Because Globalization has created a super-rich class, a 21
st
century
Gilded Age
, many people around the
world view immigration as a problem.  People who are not native to a country, taking jobs, burdening
public institutions, such as schools, hospitals…and increasing crime.  Human rights advocates deny these
beliefs as being false and having no bases in reality.
Because, today, the USA is the world’s lone superpower and a great democracy, since its preeminence
after WWII, people around the world have viewed the USA as the protector of human freedoms. In the
opinions of many in America and worldwide, the Trump Administration has diminished the United States
of America’s role as a vanguard/protector of human rights.  Continued outcry over the Trump
Administration’s detainment and separation of immigrant families, and the USA’s withdrawal from the
United Nations’ (UN) Human Rights Council.  The council that replaced the UN’s Commission on
Human Rights, first chaired by former USA First Lady, Eleanor Roosevelt. Moreover, the Trump
Administration’s support of the Russian Federation and ill-treatment of the Saudi murder of journalist
Jamal Khashoggi. Most recently, America’s silent with the reported executions of North Korea officials
because of failed nuclear weapons negotiations with the USA.
Instructions
After viewing the video links
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below, in not more than three paragraphs, answer the following question.  
Are the human rights of people around the world jeopardized because of USA indifference or withdrawal
from the UN’s Human Rights Council
?
Please use complete sentences and standard grammar.   Your essay should be coherent (introduction,
thesis sentence, defense of thesis statement and conclusion). If additional references are used, please list
them on a reference page using APA citation formats. The rubric on page five of the class syllabus will be
helpful.
The assignment must be submitted in a
Microsoft WORD
document to the D2L dropbox folder by, 8:00
p.m. on June 6, 2019.  This assignment relates to information in chapters one, two, four and seven in the
course textbook. Students are encouraged to use additional research sources.
https://www.theguardian.com/law/2019/jan/04/trump-administration-un-human-rights-violations
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If the link does not launch the website, copy and paste the link to access the video.

https://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/HRC/Pages/AboutCouncil.aspx
http://theconversation.com/why-the-us-left-the-un-human-rights-council-and-why-it-matters-98644
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-06-19/trump-is-said-ready-to-pull-u-s-from-un-s-human-
rights-council

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