2019 HIGH SCHOOL ESSAY CONTESTS

The December 10 deadline for this year’s contests has passed.

Winners will be announced on January 14

THIS YEAR’S QUESTION WAS

Antonio Guterres, Secretary General of the United Nations, said, “hate is moving into the mainstream – in liberal democracies and authoritarian states alike.”* Others, such as Prince ZeidRa’ad Al Hussein, the former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, claim that intolerance manifested in religious extremism, xenophobia, racism, Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, misogyny, homophobia, and hatred of immigrants, is on the rise.** Do you agree that one or more of these forms of intolerance is or are on the rise in the world, in your country in particular, or both? If so what do you think are the causes and implications of the increase and how do you think it should be addressed? If you disagree, explain the reason you disagree.

*Remarks to the Human Rights Council in Geneva, February 25, 2019

**ZeidRa’ad Al Hussein,  “Human Rights Are Not A Luxury,” Washington Post, June 15, 2018

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