2017 ESSAY
CONTEST

 
This year the KHREF sponsored two essay contests: one for high school students in the United States and one for high school students in other countries.  Essays were due on November 22.   

115 essays were received from 13 high schools in the United States.

ESSAYS SUBMITTED FROM STUDENTS IN THE U.S.

HIGH SCHOOL NUMBER OF STUDENTS
Boardman HS OHIO1
Bronx HS of Science NY2
Catonsville HS MD 1
Eastchester HS NY1
Greenwich HS CT9
Horace Greeley HS NY77
James Hubert Blake HS MD1
Mamaroneck HS NY3
Milburn HS NJ1
Poland Seminary HS OHIO2
Staples HS, Westport CT15
Stuyvesant HS NY1
Traip Academy, Maine1
 

34 Essays were received from 11 high schools located in four countries outside the U.S.
 

ESSAYS SUBMITTED FROM STUDENTS ABROAD

COUNTRYHIGH SCHOOL NUMBER OF STUDENTS
Czech RepublicGymnázium Jana Palacha, Prague6
Czech RepublicEDUCAnet, Prague 4 3
Czech RepublicNad Alejí, Praha 6 1
GhanaWesley Girls’ HS, Cape Coast10
Iran Mahdavi, Tehran 1
South AfricaAfrika Tikkun, Johannesburg1
South AfricaAmerican International School, Johannesburg3
South AfricaCollegiate Girls’ HS, Port Elizabeth4
South AfricaMaritzburg College, Pietermaritzburg2
South AfricaSt Mary’s Diocesan HS for Girls, Pretoria1
South AfricaWynberg Boys’ HS, Cape Town2
 
We expect to announce the contests’ winners on December 10 (Human Rights Day).  First prize winners will receive $1000.  Second prize winners will receive $500. 
 
THE QUESTION STUDENTS IN THE U.S. WERE ASKED TO ADDRESS WAS:  Eric Posner, a professor at the University of Chicago Law School claims “the central problem with human rights law is that it is hopelessly ambiguous” and that this ambiguity allows “governments to rationalize almost anything they do.”
1  With that thought in mind, how would you respond to the argument that in calling for banning refugees from Muslim countries from traveling to the United States, deporting undocumented immigrants, and bringing back waterboarding President Trump is ensuring that every citizen’s “right to life, liberty and security of person”
2 is enforced?  In other words, do some rights (e.g. the right of citizens to be secure) take precedence over other rights (e.g. the right of suspects not to be tortured)?  And if so how should the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other human rights documents be amended to specify what should be done when one right conflicts with another?
2 Article 3 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights reads: “Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person.”  Article 5 reads:  “No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.”
 
THE QUESTION STUDENTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES WERE ASKED TO ADDRESS WAS:  What is the most important human rights issue in the country where you live and/or the world and what should be done about it?
2016 ESSAY CONTEST

This year the Kemper Human Rights Education Foundation is offering a

$1000 prize

to a high school student judged to have written the best answer to the following question:

What do you think is the most important human rights issue the next President of the United States will face and what do you think s/he should do about it?

 

RULES

1. The deadline for submissions is November 23, 2016.

2. The winner will be announced and the award presented on December 10, 2016, Human Rights Day.

3. Essays should be between 500 and 2000 words with footnotes and a bibliography as needed.

4. Submissions should include a cover page with the:

  • title of the essay,

  • author’s name, high school, and grade level,

  • date submitted,

  • following signed statement: “This essay was written for the Richard Kemper Memorial Essay Contest. I give the Kemper Human Rights Education Foundation permission to publish it.”

5.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.

 

6. 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.

Kemper Human Rights Education Foundation
Phone: 203-855-9322
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184 Fillow Street
Norwalk, CT 06850