Aside from the fact that they meet in a building with a pretty awesome ceiling, the United Nations is one of the most significant international organizations in the world. And while it has many different areas of focus, one of the most culturally, socially, and morally significant ones is human rights abuses. Continue reading
Human trafficking is often thought of as a taboo topic. People know it happens, yet there is very little done to prevent it. Within the United States only 10% of police stations are equipped to deal with cases of human trafficking. If the United States, of the largest distribution countries, is ill prepared, imagine what protocols third world countries have in place. Human trafficking is not a crime which discriminates against gender, race, economic status, or age; over 161 countries have also come forward stating that there have been incidents concerning human trafficking. In order to fully understand this horrific crime, it is important to understand the statistics, to understand the victims and their stories. There are offices, offices such as the Office of Higher Commissioner for Human Rights, which can help save these victims from a life of slavery. This White Paper offers enlightening information and insightful recommendations to help combat the traffickers in order to save millions of lives.
For my third white paper proposal, I am looking into government sources. For my governmental sources, I am looking into the United Nations, the European Union, and human rights policies in China. Looking over these governmental sites, it is clear that these countries are all operating with different focuses on human trafficking issues. Continue reading
As you’ve probably realized, I’m a big fan of political cartoons. I find that tongue-in-cheek humor is one of the best ways to address an otherwise serious issue, an effective way to stimulate debate. This particular cartoon addresses one of the major aspects of my white paper- the unfair distribution of power within the United Nations, and the effect it has on the organization’s ability to respond to human rights violations. Continue reading
In my first proposal, I primarily discussed the societal and governmental aspects of human trafficking. As you can probably assume, there is not much information concerning the business side because the majority of financial information is done through underground channels. For this proposal, I am going to focus on some of the information I found regarding where the money from human trafficking goes. Who uses it and who benefits from it.
The United Nations is an international organization whose stated goals are facilitating cooperation on issues of international law, international security, economic development, social progress, and human rights. The last issue has historically been one of the most difficult for the UN to deal with, and a significant amount of criticism has been levied at the organization’s Human Rights Committee, often regarded as a wholly ineffective group.