Human Rights and the Types of Human Rights Violations

Humans have rights. These are rights any law has to abide by irrespective of the circumstances. These basic rights include certain civil liberties and political rights. The most salient right to all humans is their right to life and physical safety. The protection of human rights ensures a certain degree of decent humane treatment. We hear a lot about the violation of human rights. This is when the basic rights of humans are denied. There are a many violations. This essay is about these types of human rights violations.

One of the most outstanding human rights violations is rape. Rape is the act of intercourse without consent. Many women are raped in war-torn countries because the persons doing this horrendous act wish to show power over the victim. Many women in countries, such as, Palestine and Gaza are constantly raped by the other parties because they simply can. For many years, the international community had failed to face the problem of rape during armed conflict. However, as rape, sexual mutilation and forced pregnancies gained popularity, it is now considered a human rights violation.

Another type of human rights violation is genocide. This is the termination of a particular ethnic race or religious group. The German Nazis’ termination of the Jewish race during World War II and the termination of the people of Rwanda are good examples. Genocide puts neighbors against each other. It puts husbands against wives and vice versa. Most often, the underlying cause of genocide stems from the stereotypes and prejudices that have been developing over centuries. The people are divided into “in” and “out” groups and this I the beginning of the horrendous acts that result in genocide.

Torture is another type of human rights violations. This also occurs during conflict and is the act of humiliating and annihilating the dignity of a person. Physical torture includes beatings, electric shocks and mutilations. Psychological torture is the deprivation of food and water for extended periods, deprivation of sleep and other types of punishments. Torture is most often used during interrogations and to extract confessions from people. This is a type of human rights violations that is still used today.

Child trafficking and child labor are also types of human rights violations. Children are supposed to enjoy the best years of their lives and not take part in acts of sexual intercourse or work in sweat shops in the pits of the earth. Most often, children are sold into these situations by their parents. This type of human rights violations are not seen only during war times. Instead, it is often seen in third world countries where selling a child is a means to some money.

Every person has the right to live freely and safely. However, this does not happen in today’s world. Human rights do exist. However, for many people it is a remote and unattainable goal. Although there are laws, it is sometimes, not worth the time and effort pursuing a complaint as it takes years and a significant amount of money to enforce.