Human Rights Violations

About Human Rights Violations

Every human around the world is born with inherent rights, regardless of their nationality, sex, ethnic origin, color, religion, sexual orientaion, religion or any other status. After atrocities committed during World War II, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted by United Nations members to promote and protect human rights. Examples of human rights include the freedom of expression, religion, and association, freedom from slavery, torture, and ill-treatment, and the right to equal eduaction and employment, among many others. 

Throughout the years, individual nations have expanded human rights laws and laid out obligations for their government to act in certain ways or refrain from certain acts. Specific standards for women and children, people with disabilities, miniorties, and other vunerable groups have been expanded to protect them from discrimination. While international standards and laws have been put in place, human rights abuses continue around the world today. 

Human rights violations from around the world in 2021 have been extensively researched, and an overview of human rights violations within each country has been provided. The map solely represents information from human rights reports of 2021, but as we know human rights information is always changing and evolving. Each country has been placed into a category (extreme, high, moderate, or low human rights violations) based on the severity, frequency, and intensity of the human rights violations carried out. Some countries have traditionally respected human rights more than others, yet no two countries are the exact same. Please look at multiple countries and regions to learn about and understand the variety of human rights violations. This map is to not make individuals feel despondent about the current situation of the world, but rather to educate and inform them on human rights violations around the world. 

If you would like to continue your research or look at a specific country in depth, please go to the Human Rights Watch World Report, Amnesty International, or the US Department of State. The links to the websites have been provided down below for your convenience.

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Hello, my name is Kaitlin Speer. I am from Portland, Oregon, and I currently attend Whitworth University. I will be graduating in May of 2023 with honors and a degree in Internaational Studies, in addition to minors in Spanish and Journalism. Throughout my time at Whitworth, I have played on the women’s soccer team and studied abroad. 

To complete my degree, I have studied everything from Middle Eastern women’s studies to environmental politics to Latin American culture, among many other topics. I have always been drawn to learning about cultures, languages, and politics of other countries. I have had the opportunity to learn about these topics in textbooks, through extensive research, and even personal experiences abroad. I understand that not everyone has the opportunity to travel to other countries and experience other cultures first hand, but I truly believe there is an importance in learning about a culture, society, and language different from your own. 

The interactive map I have created is designed to provide individuals with information about human rights violations from throughout the world. Rather than solely focusing my research on a specific country or region, an overview of violations from all over the world gives people the opportunity to learn about a country or region they are drawn to. My hope for the interactive map is that after people view it they are more observant and aware of what is happening around the world.

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