Now you should be comfortable with foreign policy, its goals,approaches, and the importance of human rights in world affairs. Youwill use this information to evaluate foreign policy related to a humanrights issue. Imagine yourself as a staff member of the United Nationsassigned to keep ambassadors up to date on human rights issues andgovernment policies to address them.
- Select a recent or ongoing human rights issue. You may research one of the example issues from thisHuman Rights Issues List or choose one the following case studies provided for you:
- Repression of Political Dissent in Cuba Case Study
- Human Trafficking in Thailand Case Study
- Learn about your issue. Carefully read the case study provided in step one, or researchthe alternative human rights issue you chose. News outlets and thefollowing websites can help you learn about your issue:
Human Rights Watch
US Department of State
Be sure to find out how the United States and other countries are attempting to address the issue.
- Create a policy update for the United Nations including at least three well-written paragraphs that address the following:
- Origins–How did the human rights issue come about? Who does it affect and how? How does it affect human rights?
- Responses–Howis the United States government responding to the issue? How are othergovernments both inside and outside the situation responding to theproblem? How do these responses relate to the foreign policy spectrum ofapproaches you studied in the lesson (isolationism, diplomacy,interventionism, imperialism)?
- Evaluation–Arethe efforts and policies enacted by governments and internationalorganizations successful? What would you recommend be done to betteraddress the human rights issue?
- You may submit yourpolicy update as a text document or in a creative format if you prefer.There are many 21st-century tools available for creating and submittingyour work in the online environment.