Ch. 10, Human Rights (364-399)

Global Perspectives (377)

  1. If Canada's support for human rights varies according to the political party in office, how can one say that commitment to human rights forms an integral part of Canadian culture?
  2. Canada seeks to separate itself from the United States. Canada supported the United States in the war in Afghanistan, but not in the war in Iraq. Did human rights play a role in that decision?
  3. Can Canada be a world leader if it focuses only on human rights and human security? What would a realist say?

Discussion Questions (399)

  1. Which rights do you think should have priority? Political-civil rights? Socioeconomic rights? Collective rights of groups? Why?
  2. Find two newspaper articles that provide examples of state officials abusing the rights of their citizens. Do these citizens have any recourse?
  3. Genocide is sometimes difficult to prove. Choose a specific case of state-sponsored violence (e.g., Turkey against the Armenians; Sudan against the Darfurians; or the Assad government in Syria against its citizens). Does the violence qualify as genocide? What evidence would you have to collect to answer that question?
  4. If you were a woman whose human rights were being abused, what avenues of recourse might you use to make your case?
  5. How can R2P be stated in more concrete terms so that it is clearer when the international community should intervene—and when it should not (in the name of preserving state sovereignty)?