Violations of Human Rights

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Violations of Human Rights: Beyond the Gates

The film, Beyond the Gates, shows audiences the horror that took place during the Rwandan genocide. Shot in the same area as the actual genocide took place, the film tells the story of the Hutu extremist attempt at destroying the countries minority group known as the Tutsi. Many human rights violations were shown in this movie, shedding light on the real issue of how the international community failed to intervene during this time of crisis and prevent the deaths of thousands of people. A few examples of human rights violations during this movie will be discussed in order to create awareness about the many human rights that were violated during the actual Rwandan genocide. Beyond the
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The baby was killed and the mother was kicked and had to watch her child die solely because they were identified as Tutsi. The woman talking to Joe and Marie was traumatized by what she saw and feared for her own life. This part of the film is when the audience first gets a detailed description of the horror that is taking place. The Tutsi are having their rights to life violated by the Hutu extremist and are terrified. Another scene from the movie that shows violation of human rights is when Father Christopher leaves ETO to go get medicine for Tutsi baby that was given birth to by a refugee inside the school. The baby is sick and there is no medicine at the school. Father Christopher leaves the school grounds and goes into town to get the medicine the baby needs. When he tries to get the clerk at the store, who is Hutu, to give him the medicine the clerk first asks him if the baby is Hutu or Tutsi. Father Christopher lies to the clerk and tells him that the baby is Hutu because he realizes that the clerk will not give him the medicine if he finds out it is for a Tutsi baby. The Hutu clerk is discriminating against the Tutsi by refusing to sell anything to anyone who belongs to this minority. This is violating the human rights of the Tutsi people by taking away their freedom from discrimination. Article 2 of the UN Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide says that deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life

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