Education of Human Rights

Course Culminating Assignment (CPT) HSB4U1a

Do You Know Who Human Rights Are For?

Human rights are rights inherent to all human beings, weather it's your 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. - United Nations

Articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights States:

  • All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights;
  • Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status;
  • No one shall be held in slavery or servitude;
  • Slavery and the slave trade shall be prohibited in all their forms;
  • and no one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment

The Purpose of This Act

The purpose of this Act is to extend the laws in Canada to give effect to the principle that all individuals should have an opportunity equal with other individuals to make for themselves that lives that they are able to and wish to have and to have their need accommodated consistent with their duties and obligations as members of society without being hindered in or prevented from doing so by discriminatory practices based on race, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, family status, disability or conviction for an offense for which a pardon has been granted.

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Theorist Michel Foucault (1926-1984)

Michel Foucault theorized that governments controlled individuals through fear. Foucault believed that our society has evolved from a "culture of spectacle" to a "carceral culture". This means that we have become a culture in which people correct their own behavior out of fear of being observed.

His theory has to do with Human rights because he explains why people would follow these laws, and why people follow laws are not because it the right thing to do, but because they fear punishment. According to Foucault the reason why we have these laws is because the government bureaucracy is able to get further into the private lives of individuals by giving themselves power and control over observation laws. By observing people government can ensure that people are following rules. Making rules about observing behavior allows the dominant group to control the use of this evidence to serve the dominant group's purposes.

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English Philosopher Jeremy Bentham (1748-1832)

Jeremy Bentham was considered the founder of modern utilitarianism and he designed something called the Panopticon. Panopticon was a theoretical model of prison with cells that were clearly visible from a centralized tower. In this model, the prisoner in the cell cannot interact with other prisoners and is constantly visible to the central tower. Prisoners can not see when they are being observed and believed that they are being observed at any moment. With the prisoner believing that they are being observed constantly, it keeps the prisoner following the rules.

Just like Michel Foucault theory of how fear of observation makes us obey law, and through the Panopticon Foucault theorized that society functions in a similar manner. That the citizens are being observed and that fear of being observed keeps us in line


Challenges HUMAN RIGHTS are facing

  1. Poverty and global inequities
  2. Discrimination
  3. Armed conflict and violence
  4. Impunity
  5. Democracy deficits
  6. Weak institutions

11 Facts about Human Rights Violation Globally

  1. 40 million children below the age of 15 suffer from abuse and neglect
  2. Every city with a population greater than 250,000 reports gang activity.
  3. Approximately 27 million people are currently enslaved in the human trafficking trade around the world.
  4. More than 300,000 children under the age of 18 are being exploited as child soldiers in armed conflicts worldwide.
  5. Even though 2/3 of the world has abolished the death penalty, 1,591 people were knowingly executed in 2006 alone. The real figures of executions are likely much higher, 91% of these penalties took place in China, Iran, Pakistan, Iraq, Sudan, and the U.S.
  6. Millions of people are displaced in regions like Darfur where ethnic cleansing and violent conflict occurs. The displaced are forced to rely on humanitarian relief. Humanitarian workers are often kidnapped and attacked, and relief trucks are looted.
  7. Several governments monitor their citizens’ Internet use and have censored or imprisoned them for freely expressing opinions online. People in China have been arrested and charged for using the Internet as a tool to spread human rights information.
  8. Armed conflict has killed 2 million children, disabled 4 to 5 million, left 12 million homeless, and orphaned more than 1 million in the past decade.
  9. There are approximately 246 million child laborers worldwide.
  10. Protesters of repressive governments across the Middle East and North Africa have been killed, beaten, and arrested by police in the streets for voicing their opinions of reforms.
  11. Throughout history, women have been denied the knowledge, means, and freedom to act in the best interest of themselves and their children.
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In my research to understand weather teenagers would know or would even care about their own human rights I formulated a survey and asked them a few question on their knowledge and interest to this subject.

Why I choose to ask the Grade 12's are simply for three reasons:

One, At this age of 16-18 and in this grade they should have a fair amount of knowledge of what their Humans rights are.

Two, these teenagers are our future generations in to adulthood and they will soon face the changes of politics and voting.

Three: I want to know if our Educational System has Educated our Students of St.Augustine CHS the knowledge of their human rights.

My thesis for this survey is that many students would have little too no interest at all for there human rights even though they may have been taught in class. This is my thesis because these teenager live in a country with higher advantage then others and many have never experienced what it is like to have there own human rights ripped away from them and had no one to defend them.

The link below was my Survey

In Response

In Response of 50 students I got these answer...
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With this question regarding the interest on weather the student would have an interest on learning their human rights with the rating of one (1) being not at all and ten (10) being very much you can see in this scale that 20% of 50 students said that they have no interest what so ever. However, there is still 18% of these student that have a slight interest it in their humans rights however on 14% are actually really interested.
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In this Survey I asked If they had ever learned about Human Rights in there classes. As you can see in this chart there was actually people who had answered no in this question which shocked me because I knew for a fact that everyone who did this survey was 16+ and I knew for a fact that all of them have had taken History and is history they touch upon this subject a little. To have people answer no was very shocking and there is a slight higher percentage that the males claimed that they had not learn about their human rights.
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On unexpected terms, I learned that people who have took Business have learned about Human rights more then History. I also as a grade 12 student who is taking business I have been taught about the Human rights in international business because we had to learn about the United Nations. However, I would have thought that history would have a higher responses then business and for " I Don't Know" it was almost as high as History showing that even if teachers teach about human rights, the students mind still does not know, or try to remember what there human rights are.
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With the continuation of a question based on their knowledge of human rights many of them have at the very least heard of the universal Declaration of Human rights. With a 58% saying yes and a 42% percent saying no concerns me, because even though more then 25 students have heard of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights there is still a huge amount that doesn't have the any basic knowledge on Human Rights.
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With the correct answer being the United Nations (UN) for this question it is quite sad to know that 52% of grade 12 students isn't sure where Universal Declarations of human rights were created and a 6% of grade 12 student was missed informed about the creation of it. However there is still 42% of the students that were informed correctly. But looking at the previous chart it is strange to see that even though 58% of the student had heard of the Universal Declaration but only 52% actually have knowledge of where it was developed.
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With a simple questions to the children of our future. I am relived that 84% of the student do actually know that not everyone is protected by the law. However, I really would love to ask why they believe that not everyone is protected. I am able to say that not everyone is protect by the law because the I still know that the world still have human trafficking, racism and may other violation to our human right. However, I would not know if they knew this but given the answer I asked one of the students that gave me an answer that he knew that not everyone is protected by the law and I asked "knowing that there are people who are at a disadvantage and are not protect by the law, have you ever thought a way that everyone would get protected by the law?" he answered with "I had never thought of a world where everyone is protected because we don't live in a flawless world and without disadvantage people no one would ever have a reason to make a difference in this world." With this in thought do you believe that this statement is true?

Human Rights Day

Wednesday, Dec. 10th, 12am

This is an online event.

The Members of the United Nations drafted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The Declaration was then adopted by the UN General Assembly on December 10, 1948.

Remember on this day Tweet #HumanRightsDay and Spread the word!

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