Human Rights Textbook Questions

Chapter 10 Pg. 326 #1, 3, 4, 5

1. In your own words, define the term human rights.
-A right that is believed everybody should have.

3. What is the significance of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights? Why did the members of the United
Nations feel it was necessary to prepare the Declaration?
-It was the first international statement recognizing all human beings deserve certain rights and freedoms. They believe all countries should respect it’s citizens no matter their gender, race, age etc. This document is linked with peace and this document was adopted after the World Wars so the UN was doing their part on keeping world peace.

4. What are the problems of enforcing the Declaration?
-It puts economic, social and cultural pressure on countries.

5. What is the purpose of the ICC? Name a case that has been heard by the court.
-To deal with international human rights abusers. The ICC has the power to investigate and prosecute individuals and political leaders who commit war crimes, genocide or crimes against humanity.

-Al Mahdi was sentenced to 9 years for being a perpetrator of a war crime intentionally directing attacks against historic monuments and buildings dedicated to religion.

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