Evaluation of rights and roles

Learning Goal: I’m working on a writing question and need an explanation and answer to help me learn.

This is an INDIVIDUAL ASSIGNMENT. This assignment is designed for you to analyze and explain whether rights outlined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) are threatened in the three cases presented in the documentary film “In the Light of Reverence” (1:14:53).


  1. Prepare a three-page written in depth analysis that focuses directly on evaluating and assessing the human rights outlined in the UDHR as they relate to three cases of the Lakota, the Hopi, and Wintu peoples.
    • Identify and describe, in 1 paragraph each, at least two of the rights listed on the UDHR as they relate to each of the three contexts. Since there are often more than just two rights that could be discussed in each of the three cases in the documentary, try to select a different pair of rights to emphasize in each context.
    • Provide at least one suggestion for how to improve the protection of human rights in each context. To the extent that you are also able to integrate thinking from Jeffrey Sachs’s chapter on Social Inclusion (e.g., philosophical bases for the rights being compromised in the film), it will strengthen your response.
      • Strong suggestions will be well reasoned and thoroughly detailed.
    • Resources
      • The UDHR was required reading in this lesson and was discussed further in the lecture.
      • The summary infographic used in the lecture is a great resource as well. (Mentioned down)
    • Outline
      • Please use the following headings to outline your paper:
        • Introduction
        • Case #1: Lakota & their rights
        • Case #2: Hopi & their rights
        • Case #3: Wintu & their rights
        • Conclusion
  2. Submit your analysis by uploading it to this assignment by the due date.


  • Word document
  • Three double-spaced pages in length
  • 12-point, Times New Roman font
  • 1-inch margins
  • Appropriate citations are necessary using MLA formatting
  • Heading
    • In the upper left-hand corner of the page, be sure to include the following: Your name, instructor’s name, course name, and date.
    • Do not allow more than the needed amount of spacing at the top of the page
  • Here is the lecture that is mentioned on the resource section:
    The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) is a milestone document in the history of human rights. A full document further outlining the rights in the UDHR was included in your supplementary readings for this lesson.

    • The UDHR was originally drafted by representatives with different legal and cultural backgrounds from all regions of the world. The Declaration was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in Paris on the 10th of December, 1948.
    • The UDHR sets out, for the first time, the internationally recognized set of fundamental human rights to be universally protected. It has been translated into almost 500 languages.
    • It was drafted by individuals from all different types of legal and cultural backgrounds in different parts of the world. And it is interesting to look closely at this list of rights. This is a particularly visual-friendly graphic that depicts the list of rights. And if we look, what we see initiated in the top left is — no one has the right to hold you in slavery!
    • We then see other rights that are familiar to us in the US. For instance, everyone is innocent until proven guilty. You have the right to a fair and public trial. Everyone has the right to gather for peaceful assembly, and everyone has the right to belong to a religion.

    These things all seem like very basic and fundamental rights that don’t necessarily need additional protections. One reason we feel that way is that in our country (the US), these rights are generally very well protected. The fact of the matter is, this document continues to exist. The rights represented in it continue to be important to highlight, for the simple reason that these rights are not well protected everywhere around the planet.This UDHR document set out for the first time, at a global level, what are widely considered to be fundamental human rights that should be protected for everyone on the planet. It remains extremely relevant because somewhere on the planet, these rights are not supported — either socially, legally, or politically. There are places on the planet where slavery is still occurring, and places where you do not have the right to belong to certain religions. Some people do not enjoy the right to own property, or to be recognized as a person before the law. Some people may not even have the right to not be tortured. These are all things that still occur somewhere on the planet!And while it may seem to be a radical situation for these particular rights not to be protected, it turns out some of these rights are not fully protected here in the US either. We continue to see public challenges to the limits of free speech, to the right for peaceful assembly, to not be tortured, and to receive a fair and public trial. We will continue to explore some of the challenges to protecting these basic human rights in the context of some US citizens in the assignment later in this lesson.

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