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Part of a middle school class project, articles, videos, and other resources related to people and events that have been historically, or are currently significant in the advancement of human rights are highlighted here.
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Amnesty International USA to Monitor to North Dakota Pipeline Protests

Amnesty International USA to Monitor to North Dakota Pipeline Protests | Human Rights for Middle School Students | Scoop.it
As tensions escalate at the site of a disputed pipeline close to the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota, Amnesty International USA (AIUSA) has sent a delegation of human rights observers to monitor the response of law enforcement to...
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UN Cites Human Rights Violations in Ukraine

UN Cites Human Rights Violations in Ukraine | Human Rights for Middle School Students | Scoop.it

Corruption, a lack of independence of the judiciary and a lack of free elections were among the root causes of popular protests that took place in Ukraine from November to February, the United Nations said Tuesday in a report on the country's human rights situation.

The report said 121 people — the majority of them protesters — died during the protests and there were also numerous accounts of torture and ill-treatment. The U.N. demanded that all violations related to the protests should be investigated in order to ensure the accountability of the perpetrators.....


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South Korean Fisherman’s Escape From North Is Confirmed

South Korean Fisherman’s Escape From North Is Confirmed | Human Rights for Middle School Students | Scoop.it
Chun Wook-pyo escaped from North Korea last month, more than four decades after his abduction at sea.
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Saudi Arabia Allows Schoolgirls to Play Sports - The Jakarta Globe

Saudi Arabia Allows Schoolgirls to Play Sports - The Jakarta Globe | Human Rights for Middle School Students | Scoop.it
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Bangladesh factory collapse: police detain owners, as death toll exceeds 350

Bangladesh factory collapse: police detain owners, as death toll exceeds 350 | Human Rights for Middle School Students | Scoop.it
Reports of workers being ordered to Rana Plaza building on day before collapse despite cracks appearing and jolts being felt
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Ethiopia Presents Human Rights Action Plan

Ethiopia Presents Human Rights Action Plan | Human Rights for Middle School Students | Scoop.it
Plan includes nearly 60 recommendations to cover gaps in sectors such as education, health, culture
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Serkan Baykusoglu's curator insight, October 20, 2013 6:58 PM

This site is about Ethiopia which has unveiled its first Human Rights Action Plan, with the goal of ensuring human rights in the East African country.

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Palm Oil Demand Fuels Supply of Child Migrant Workers | Pulitzer Center

Palm Oil Demand Fuels Supply of Child Migrant Workers | Pulitzer Center | Human Rights for Middle School Students | Scoop.it

Addresses the use of child labor in the palm oil resource industry in Malaysia.

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Facebook Arrests Ignite Free-Speech Debate In India : NPR

Facebook Arrests Ignite Free-Speech Debate In India : NPR | Human Rights for Middle School Students | Scoop.it
A 21-year-old was arrested after she questioned the shutdown of Mumbai for the funeral of a controversial political leader; her friend was arrested for simply "liking" the post.
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Indonesian, Australian Cooperation Aims to Protect Life at Sea | The Jakarta Globe

Indonesian, Australian Cooperation Aims to Protect Life at Sea | The Jakarta Globe | Human Rights for Middle School Students | Scoop.it
Indonesia and Australia are beefing up cooperation in the maritime sector in an effort to improve search and rescue efforts for vessels carrying asylum seekers between the countries that are in distress.
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Communal Lands: Moroccan Women Fight for Right to Inheritance

Communal Lands: Moroccan Women Fight for Right to Inheritance | Human Rights for Middle School Students | Scoop.it
By Oumaima Azzelzouli Morocco World News Rabat, May 23, 2012 It all began when her father died.  Rkia, who has eight brothers, was the only one not to have received anything from the money the family earned when they sold their communal land.
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African voices respond to hyper-popular Kony 2012 viral campaign - Boing Boing

African voices respond to hyper-popular Kony 2012 viral campaign - Boing Boing | Human Rights for Middle School Students | Scoop.it

Get perspectives from Africans about Kony 2012.

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Olympics Supplier Adidas Faces ‘Sweatshop’ Claims | The Jakarta Globe

Olympics Supplier Adidas Faces ‘Sweatshop’ Claims | The Jakarta Globe | Human Rights for Middle School Students | Scoop.it
Adidas Olympic products can sell for up to $80 per piece, but factory owners making apparel for the brand in Indonesia have claimed they cannot afford to pay their workers more than Rp 5,000 (55 cents) per hour.
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Dark side of Pakistan's bangle industry

Dark side of Pakistan's bangle industry | Human Rights for Middle School Students | Scoop.it
Women and children bear brunt of harsh production process of Hyderabad's thriving bangle industry.
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Prominent Female Activist Assassinated In Benghazi

Prominent Female Activist Assassinated In Benghazi | Human Rights for Middle School Students | Scoop.it
CAIRO (AP) — A prominent Libyan activist who had become an international face of her strife-torn country's efforts to build a democracy was assassinated by gunmen who stormed her home in the restive eastern city of Benghazi shortly after castin...
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Students - This article/video is evidence that not all people have the right and safe conditions to vote.  Salwa Bugaighis paid the ultimate price to stand up and speak out for democracy in Libya. In the U.S. in the past, people have taken similar stands for our democratic right to vote.  Honor them by not taking that right for granted.

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Missing Girls...

"In India, China and many other parts of the world today, girls are killed, aborted and abandoned simply because they are girls. The United Nations estimates as many as 200 million girls are missing in the world today because of this so-called 'gendercide' or femicide."


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Unit 3 Cultural Processes and Patterns

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This femicide is extremely disappointing.  Genocide is expected in third world, war torn countries.  The fact that it's 2014 and female babies are murdered for being girls, and parents are scared for their  children's lives, show how much power the government has over the people's lives. It is sad to think the government has the power to dictate how many children families can have and what gender.  On the flip side, these are countries that are extremely overpopulated.  The one child policy in China is what China is currently using (along with this femicide) as population control.  This is an important issue because there needs to be some sort of population control, but to what extent? This is taking away someone's basic human right - to procreate. Parents do not have control over what gender they produce and if they produce a female, their child may be taken and murdered from them. The state takes away what you created, your offspring and there is nothing they can do about it. 

Taylor Doonan's curator insight, March 30, 5:24 PM
This video addresses the problems with having a girl versus having a boy baby. It talks about families killing babies if they are girls, aborting them, all so they can go on to have a son. According to the video 200 million girls are missing throughout the world. Many of these missing girls are daughters that were aborted or killed so their families could go onto have a son. 
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275 Workers Found In 'Slavery' At Mexican Tomato Plant

275 Workers Found In 'Slavery' At Mexican Tomato Plant | Human Rights for Middle School Students | Scoop.it
Mexican authorities have rescued at least 275 people who were being held in slave-like conditions at a camp where tomatoes are sorted and packed for export, officials said.Thirty-nine teenagers were among those being held against their will at the...
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Human Rights Group Calls Out Persecution of Bekasi Church Leader - The Jakarta Globe

Human Rights Group Calls Out Persecution of Bekasi Church Leader - The Jakarta Globe | Human Rights for Middle School Students | Scoop.it
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Double Take 'Toons: Deadly Work Places : NPR

Double Take 'Toons: Deadly Work Places : NPR | Human Rights for Middle School Students | Scoop.it
Bangladeshi garment workers have suffered catastrophic losses due to unsafe working conditions.
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Youssou N'Dour: Shakin' the Tree | Sound Tracks | PBS

Youssou N'Dour: Shakin' the Tree | Sound Tracks | PBS | Human Rights for Middle School Students | Scoop.it
Youssou N'Dour has been called the voice of Africa, the continent's best known living singer.>
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My visit to Senegal in 2010 through a Fulbright-Hays fellowship included an introduction to Senegal's efforts to secure a democracy free of corruption and one that champions human rights.  This episode of Sound Tracks addresses their progress and the 2012 election.  A part of me will always feel invested in Senegal's future.

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To view this segment only, start the playback at 17:00 into the program.
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Human Rights Watch Slams Indonesia for Minority Rights, Imprisoned Activists | The Jakarta Globe

Human Rights Watch Slams Indonesia for Minority Rights, Imprisoned Activists | The Jakarta Globe | Human Rights for Middle School Students | Scoop.it
Indonesia must do more to defend minority rights and free imprisoned activists to set an example for other consolidating democracies in the wake of the Arab Spring, New York-based Human Rights Watch said in a report released Thursday.
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PKI Stigma Still Marks Survivors of Indonesia's 1965 Killings | The Jakarta Globe

PKI Stigma Still Marks Survivors of Indonesia's 1965 Killings | The Jakarta Globe | Human Rights for Middle School Students | Scoop.it
If the caste system existed in Indonesia the 10 elderly people who live in Jakarta’s Jalan Kramat would surely be untouchables: for decades they and their families have been banned from jobs and access to education and, until 2005, their identity...
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Today's Document from the National Archives

Today's Document from the National Archives | Human Rights for Middle School Students | Scoop.it
Today\'s Document -- Women's Right to Vote...
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The Arab Spring: Changing the Lives of Women in the Middle East and North Africa? | Morocco World News

The Arab Spring: Changing the Lives of Women in the Middle East and North Africa? | Morocco World News | Human Rights for Middle School Students | Scoop.it
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After ‘Kony 2012,’ Students Eager To Learn About Central Africa

After ‘Kony 2012,’ Students Eager To Learn About Central Africa | Human Rights for Middle School Students | Scoop.it
Despite stirring controversy, thousands of young people who watched "Kony 2012" were energized. That presented a challenge for school teachers who weren't prepared to teach students about the Ugandan civil war.
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'Criminal children' video dividing Mexico

'Criminal children' video dividing Mexico | Human Rights for Middle School Students | Scoop.it
A video which shows children acting like kidnappers, corrupt police officers and drug traffickers is causing controversy in Mexico.
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