Ender's Game and Human Rights

Ender's Game and Human Rights
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Jared Hubbard 8th

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  • Introduction
  •  " [Human rights] are given simply because of the fact that the person is a member of the human race, and as a human being he/she deserves to live a life with dignity" (Summa). 
  • Narration
  • "Human rights refer to the basic rights and privileges that all people are entitled to regardless of their sexual orientation, religion, cultural or ethnic background, or physical attributes or abilities" (Human Rights).
  • Confirmation-Novel
  • Human rights are not given to the children in Ender's Game because they aren't treated with dignity and are lied to by adults. 
  • “Peter, you're twelve years old. I'm ten. They have a word for people our age. They call us children and they treat us like mice” (Card, 162).
  • The government should never be able to seize the rights of another human, no matter the situation.
  • Confirmation-Research
  • "Whenever a population with a certain religious belief finds itself under a ruler with another religion, the population is treated as non-citizens. This is what happened to the Moslem people in the Iberian Peninsula during the re-conquest of the peninsula by the Spanish ... they were forced to change their religion or face punishment and discrimination" (Summa). 
  • "A prominent source of human rights violations is armed conflict, either between nations or during civil wars. Prisoners of war have been tortured, starved, and executed by operatives of the opposing side" (Human Rights). 
  • Concession/Refutation
  • "China maintained a relatively high level of economic growth compared to other major economies [because of denial of human rights]" (Amnesty).
  • Ender's Game shows the cruelty in denying human rights by taking away a child's childhood in favor of war.
  • Conclusion
  • "Today, [the human rights movement desperately needs a period of reflection, deep self-examination and renewal" (Kinzer). 
  • The denial of human rights is mostly based on religious discrimination, even though there is a separation between church and state.
  • "Therefore, even though religions recognize some universal values of human dignity that need to be protected, history has shown ... religions ... treat people differently on the basis of their religion" (Summa). 
  • Even though nations may have temporary success from discrimination, the negative results are not worth it.
  • "However, it faced intensifying domestic discontent and protests stemming from growing economic and social inequalities, pervasive corruption within the judicial system, police abuses, suppression of religious freedoms and other human rights, and continuing unrest and repression in the Tibetan and Uighur regions of the country" (Amnesty).
  • "Humanity may have common ground, but needs and aspirations vary according to [beliefs]" (Kinzer).
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