1. Select a recent or ongoing human rights issue. You may research one of the example issues from this Human Rights Issues List or choose one the following case studies provided for you:
  2. Learn about your issue. Carefully read the case study provided in step one, or research the alternative human rights issue you chose. News outlets and the following websites can help you learn about your issue:
    Human Rights WatchUS Department of StateUnited NationsBe sure to find out how the United States and other countries are attempting to address the issue.
  3. Create a policy update for the United Nations including at least three well-written paragraphs that address the following:
    • Origins–How did the human rights issue come about? Who does it affect and how? How does it affect human rights?
    • Responses–How are the United States, other nations, and international organizations responding to the issue? How do these responses relate to the foreign policy spectrum of approaches you studied in the lesson? (Recall that the approaches are isolationism, diplomacy, interventionism, imperialism, and that your response could refer to more than one approach.)
    • Evaluation–Are the efforts and policies enacted by governments and international organizations successful? What would you recommend be done to better address the human rights issue?
  4. You may submit your policy update as a text document or in a creative format if you prefer. There are many 21st-century tools available for creating and submitting your work in the online environment. For more information on tools your school uses, you may contact your instructor or visit the Web 2.0 tools area.

Human Rights Issues List

  • Child Soldiers (ex. Sudan, Yemen, Somalia)
  • Ethnic Cleansing (ex. Libya, Kashmir, Darfur)
  • Prisoners’ Rights (ex. Iran)
  • Violence Against Women (ex. Afghanistan, Chad)
  • Repression of Political Dissent (nation other than Cuba, ex. Egypt, Syria)

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