First Freedom Student Essay/Video Contest
INTRODUCTION: On December 10, 1948, in the aftermath of World War II, the fledgling United Nations adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). It was the first international protocol to define the inalienable human rights of all people. As such, it has been enormously influential in the development of constitutions, treaties, national and international laws, and organizations that promote human rights. Article 18 of the UDHR declares: "Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance."
Eleanor Roosevelt, widow of United States President Franklin D. Roosevelt, chaired the document's drafting committee. On the 10th anniversary of its adoption, she presented a booklet to United Nations Commissioners entitled, In Your Hands: A Guide for Community Action for the Tenth Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. In the booklet's introduction she wrote: "Where, after all, do universal human rights begin? In small places, close to home - so close and so small that they cannot be seen on any map of the world."
In 1998, 50 years after the passage of the Universal Declaration, the United States Congress enacted the International Religious Freedom Act, which outlines means of making religious freedom an important focus for American foreign policy. The Act reads in part, "Standing for liberty and standing for the persecuted, [it shall be U.S. policy] to use and implement appropriate tools in the United States foreign policy apparatus...to promote respect for religious freedom by all governments and people." Americans also sometimes wonder what they, themselves, can or cannot do - "close to home" - to advance religious freedom in distant lands.
TOPIC: (respond to both bullet points)
IF YOU ARE WRITING AN ESSAY, YOUR ESSAY IS TO INCLUDE:
Identifies the focus of your presentation.
Attracts the reader's attention
Clearly states a thesis--the main point that you will make
Briefly outlines the other points that you will make
Explains and describes one by one your points on the topic using:
Sums up your research and reviews your main points without restating them exactly. for more details.)
IF YOU ARE PRODUCING A VIDEO, YOUR VIDEO IS TO INCLUDE:
Provides compelling content that hooks the viewer and draws interest to the topic.
Presents a clear statement of purpose and message through a rich variety of images and audio.
Displays and argues your points on the topic using:
First Freedom Center web site.
All entries must be mailed in. No electronic entries will be allowed.
Registration Deadline: November 18, 2013
ENTRY DEADLINE: November 25, 2013TOP
Last Modified on September 19, 2013