$1000 and $500 Prizes

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. 

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.



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