Human Rights

This is a Values based, research task – suitable for Network members and for Scouts / Explorer Scouts working towards their Global Issues activity badge.

Little is known of the true history of St George. Beyond the myths, history tells us that St George was a Christian who was martyred because he refused to recount his faith.
There are many parts of the world where religious freedom is still curtailed and practising any faith is actively persecuted. The persecution experienced can range from exclusion to risk of death, like St George.

This is a famous quote by Eleanor Roosevelt in 1958 (on the 10th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights):

Where, after all, do universal human rights begin? In small places, close to home – so close and so small that they cannot be seen on any maps of the world. Yet they are the world of the individual person; the neighbourhood he lives in, the school or college he attends, the factory, farm or office where he works. Such are the places where every man, woman and child seeks equal justice, equal opportunity, equal dignity without discrimination. Unless these rights have meaning there, they have little meaning anywhere. Without concerned citizen action to uphold them close to home, we shall look in vain for progress in the larger world.

Our task is based on this quote.

Task

  1. Find out what the basic human rights are. This website has useful information: www.youthforhumanrights.org
  2. Draw a map of your own town, village or local neighbourhood. It should include; homes, major public buildings or landmarks (for example, parks, town hall, schools, places of worship) and public services (hospitals, GP and dental surgeries, fire station, police station) and any other places that are important to the community (shops, cemetery, post office, cinemas, petrol stations, local organisations, other workplaces or major industries).
  3. Analyse your map from a human rights perspective.
    What human rights do you associate with different places on your map? For example, a place of worship would be associated with freedom of thought, conscience and religion; a school with a right to education; the post office with the right to information etc
  4. Think about places you may not necessarily associate with rights. For example, what rights might be at stake in the street? Or in private homes?
  5. Are there any Articles in the Human Rights Act that seem to be especially exercised in this community? How can this be explained?
  6. Which Articles in the Human Rights Act did you not include on your map? How can this be explained?
  7. Human Rights can be classified into categories – civil / political / social / economic / cultural.  Which categories of Human Rights were more prevalent on your map?
  8. What responsibilities do we have as ordinary citizens (and Scouts) with regard to Human rights?

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