Responses to Human Rights Violations

Discussion – Week 4
Responses to Human Rights Violations
Responding to human rights violations is a complex undertaking. Deciding factors, such as foreign policy, fiscal limitations, and human rights policies influence whether a response to human rights violations will occur. There are numerous ways to respond to human rights violations. Depending on the violation, response may come from international, national, or local community resources. Sometimes a joint effort is needed to appropriately respond to a violation. For this Discussion, a thorough review of the Learning Resources is required, given the complexity of responses to human rights violations.

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Learning Resources
Please read and view (where applicable) the following Learning Resources before you complete this week’s assignments.
Map of International Human Rights Violations Around the World
Click on the above link to view a map indicating areas where human rights violations occur. Click on each flashing icon to learn about responses to those human rights violations.
Note: For a transcript of this map, please click here Click for more options .
Video: Docherty, N. (Producer). (2007). On our watch: The first genocide of the 21st century [Documentary Film]. In Frontline. Boston, MA: PBS. Available from
Chapter 6, “Seven More U.N. Resolutions are Passed” (3:55 minutes)
Chapter 7, “Eight More U.N. Resolutions are Passed” (8:02 minutes)
Chapter 8, “A Flicker of Hope, Finally” (10 minutes)
Course Text: Universal Human Rights in Theory and Practice
Chapter 11, “International Human Rights Regimes”
Chapter 12, “Human Rights and Foreign Policy”
Article: Walden University Writing Center. (2009). Prewriting. Retrieved from
Article: Walden University Writing Center. (2009). Topic sentences. Retrieved from
Optional Resources
Video: Docherty, N. (Producer). (2007). On our watch: The first genocide of the 21st century. In Frontline. Boston, MA: PBS. Available from
Chapter 1, “The First Genocide of the 21st Century” (6:59 minutes)
Chapter 2, “Darfur Becomes a Burgeoning Crisis” (5:28 minutes)
Chapter 3, “A U.N. Official Presses the World to Act” (5:30 minutes)
Chapter 4, “History Repeats Itself” (7:53 minutes)
Chapter 5, “Darfur Reaches the U.N. Security Council” (8:20 minutes)
To prepare for this Discussion:
Review Chapters 11 and 12 in your course text, Universal Human Rights in Theory and Practice. Think about the development of human rights regimes, policy, and joint efforts to respond to violations.
View Chapters 6, 7, and 8 of the Frontline video and consider various responses to human rights violations in Darfur.
Use the map to view human rights violations around the globe. Make sure to pay attention to the responses to violations.
Use the human rights violation that you selected in Week 2 for this Discussion.
Think about how one community (international, national, or local) might or did respond to the human rights violation.
With these thoughts in mind:
Post a brief description of the human rights violation you selected. Then explain how one community (international, national, or local) might or did respond to the human rights violation. Be specific and use examples to illustrate your explanation.
Be sure to support your postings and responses with specific references to the Learning Resources. TEXTBOOK REFERENCE

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