2018 HIGH SCHOOL ESSAY CONTESTS

The December 10 deadline for submission to the 2018 contests has passed.

The question students in the U.S. were asked to address was:​

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) claims:​
 
“U.S. government policies continue to sanction [i.e. condone or permit] human rights violations against immigrants.”*
 
Do you think the ACLU is right?

If you think the ACLU is wrong, explain why it is wrong.
 
If so what policies, laws or other factors (political, economic, cultural, etc.) are responsible for the violations and what actions should be employed to end them?
 
The question students who citizens and residents of other countries were asked to address was :
 
December 10, 2018 will be the 70th anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the General Assembly of the United Nations. Yet, in a recent article Samuel Moyn, the author of The Last Utopia: Human Rights in History wrote:
 
"The human rights movement, like the world it monitors, is in crisis: After decades of gains, nearly every country seems to be backsliding."**
 
Has your country been backsliding? If so, what is the reason and what needs to be done to turn things around? If not, explain how it has managed to make progress and by so doing set an example for other countries.​
 
The contest winners will be announced on January 14. 
 

FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS ABROAD

This year the Kemper Human Rights Education Foundation (khref.org) is offering a $1000 first prize and a $500 second prize to high school students who are citizens of and residents in countries other than the United States judged to have written the best answers to the following question:

December 10, 2018 will be the 70th anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the General Assembly of the United Nations. Yet, in a recent article Samuel Moyn, the author of The Last Utopia: Human Rights in History wrote:
 
"The human rights movement, like the world it monitors, is in crisis: After decades of gains, nearly every country seems to be backsliding."**
 
Has your country been backsliding? If so, what is the reason and what needs to be done to turn things around? If not, explain how it has managed to make progress and by so doing set an example for other countries.
 

RULES FOR BOTH CONTESTS

Deadline: December 10, 2018 (Human Rights Day). Submissions should be between 1000 and 2500 words and must include a cover page with the: title of the essay, author’s name, name and address of the high school, name of a teacher or administrator at the high school, author’s grade level, date submitted, and the following signed statement: “I give the Kemper Human Rights Education Foundation permission to publish this essay.” Essays may be submitted as a Microsoft Word attachment to: kemperhumanrights@gmail.com or by regular mail to: KHREF, 184 Fillow Street, Norwalk, CT 06850. Awards: Winners will be announced, and awards presented on January 14, 2019. Criteria: Essays will be judged according to how clearly and well they answer the question posed and the extent to which they are supported by research.
 

* https://www.aclu.org/issues/human-rights/human-rights-and-immigration

**https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/23/opinion/human-rights-movement-failed.html

 

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