Human Rights 1 due May 7

Watch the film, Blood Diamond,- ( ) then answer the following questions:

1. When Maddy Bowen accuses Danny Archer of helping to prolong the conflict in Sierra Leone by his smuggling activities, Archer says that the American appetite for inexpensive diamond jewelry is just as much to blame. 

a) How much are American consumers to blame for the abuses related to, not just the diamond trade but other, items that are made/harvested by abused workers?

b) What can the American consumer do about this?

c) Will the American consumer do these things?

2. Through diplomacy, UN peacekeeping forces, and finally British reinforcements, the international community played an important role in ending the protracted, complex, and bloody civil war in Sierra Leone.

a)What is the responsibility of the international community to intervene in countries such as Sierra Leone?

b) What are the arguments for and against intervention in countries racked by violence and human rights abuses?

c) When, if ever, is intervention justified, and who decides?

d) What other examples can you think of where earlier intervention by international forces may have bee able to stop abuses and deaths?

3. The movie was about 2 human right issues- the 1st- conflict diamonds, but also how natural resources have led to human rights abuses. The 2nd- Child soldiers in Africa. Child Soldiers is an issue in places other than Africa. Next week, we will delve into this particular issue, but pay attention to the issue in this movie and be prepared to relate it to next week's work. 


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