Human rights are violated and ignored in countless countries around this world. This post will focus on violations in the United States.
Human Rights Violations
Tulsa, Oklahoma, is an example of a place in the United States that has experienced Human Rights violations. In 1921, a massacre took place in what was then known as “Black Wall Street.” Over 1200 buildings were destroyed, including a school, hospital, a library, and countless black homes and businesses.
No one was ever punished for the massacre and destruction, and many of the people had been deputized prior to the massacre. Following the event, lawmakers and politicians failed to pass legislation that would support to impacted communities and the people within them. To make matters worse, they vetoed and denied ideas and bills that were proposed to help the affected Greenwood community.
International human rights laws state that governments are supposed to provide useful aid and support to communities affected by human rights violations. It has been almost 100 years since the attack took place, and nothing has been done to remedy the situation.
The massacre was a civil rights violation that took place nearly 60 years after the abolition of slavery. 100 years later and we still see the impact of racism in America.
Human Rights Watch continues to push for a meaningful response to the massacre from the government.
Immigrant Human Rights
Another example of a human rights violation is in the immigration policy for Mexican families trying to get asylum in the States. The US Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) program (more commonly known as “Remain in Mexico,” practically forces families to wait in Mexico while their application is processed. Parents have reported seeing the onset of depression and anxiety in their children after being forced to go back to Mexico for months.
Children are exposed to a severe risk of assault, mistreatment, and assault during their application processing time.
When families come for hearings into the United States, they oftentimes have to show up at entry points as early as 3am, and are help in cold, wet detainment cages before and after their hearings. Around the world, asylum seekers are generally allowed to stay in the country they are seeking entry to, since it is the job of the government to protect the immigrants and provide a timely judicial hearing.
What can you do?
You can help spread awareness and call for change for migrant families, and push for action from the government in response to the Tulsa Massacre.
Donate to Human Rights Watch, an organization that supports and fights for human rights around the world.
Call, email, or send a letter to your local representatives telling them to repeal the MPP program. You can also fill out this form.
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