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What are some examples of violations of human rights in schools, in the country, and in...

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princess282 | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 1) Honors

Posted February 14, 2012 at 10:16 PM via web

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What are some examples of violations of human rights in schools, in the country, and in the world at large?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted February 14, 2012 at 10:28 PM (Answer #1)

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It is hard to come up with true violations of human rights in American schools.  Perhaps the best one to cite would be bullying or harassment that is done because of a student's disability or sexuality or race or other such characteristic.

Within the US as a whole, there is again not much official governmental violation of human rights.  If you believe a fetus is a life, then abortion is a violation of human rights.  If you believe that gay marriage is a basic human right, then the denial of that in most states is also a violation of human rights.

When we start looking at other countries, human rights violations are much easier to spot.  Muslim countries' punishment of apostasy, for example is a violation.  So is China's denial of free speech rights.

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gsenviro | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator

Posted April 12, 2015 at 6:37 PM (Answer #2)

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Violations of human rights in school may include the violations of freedom of speech, right to equality, same education and facilities, corporal punishment, bullying, etc.

One of the more famous cases of human rights violations in the US is the racial segregation of schools which was ended by desegregation starting with Little Rock Central High School, Arkansas. Desegregation was opposed heavily by people including the governor and the army had to be called in by President Eisenhower to ensure the entry of nine African-American students. Since then, the typical cases of human rights violations include bullying and corporal punishment.

Around the world, human rights violations are more commonly seen in dictatorial and communist countries. Differences of opinions, modern thoughts and free speech are not even tolerated in some parts of the world. 

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