write a country report on one (or two) human rights issues


Assignment summary: Students are expected to write a country report on one (or two) human rights issues. Some examples are a law that might criminalize queer people, police practices, unemployment, discrimination, disowning/honor killings, denial of freedom of expression and freedom of association, and death penalty. These are just some examples. You can focus on a different issue that you might be interested in researching.

In order to write this paper, students are expected to do some research on the assigned country.  The purpose of this assignment is to explore how different countries approach to different human rights violations and application of law on your chosen human rights violation. The assignment will also help students to gain knowledge on basic research methods.


Final Mark:                                       /50

APA/Style and Appearance:            /10

Cover page should include a tittle, student name & student number, instructor’s name, the university name, and the year (e.g. 2020).

Appropriate use of citations/references: Students are expected to follow APA style writing.

Appropriate response length is 2600-word count. Times New Roman, 12 font size, and double space.  The minimum expected response length is 2,500 and maximum length is 2,600. Your mark will be deducted if your paper is not in an appropriate length.

General quality of writing (grammar, spelling, sentence/paragraph structure, and evidence of diligent proofreading)

Caution: The assignment without references will be considered as having no citations and will receive a mark of “-10.”



Part 1: 1 page Country Profile (6 marks): Please assume that your paper will be read by someone who has no idea about the assigned country. Location, language, religion, population etc. can be helpful to include in your paper. (Please do not send the country profile separately. It must be in the same Word document, just under the country profile section)


Part 2:Human Rights Violation:

Introduction (8 marks): You should introduce your paper briefly. Readers should have a brief idea before they begin reading your body paragraph – what your paper is about? What is your thesis statement? What is your specific argument?

Body (10 marks): In this section, you will provide a further summary about the specific human rights issue you will be working on. You can focus on one specific human rights issue in the chosen country and tell your readers why the issue is important and provide more details on that and tell your readers whether anything has done in the assigned country’s criminal justice system. For instance, if you are writing about a specific law that is against queer people then tell your readers whether anything has done in the criminal justice system. How other NGOs see the situation etc. Providing different perspectives always help.

Discussion and transition in ideas between paragraphs should flow well.

Conclusion (10 marks): This part is VERY important. Beyond simply repeating/summarizing what your paper has already said, reflect on the broader importance of your paper to specific one.  The reader will be looking for an answer to “So what?!” in your conclusion. What are your suggestions or analysis about the specific issue that you have focused on/chosen? What are your recommendations?


Use of Evidence / Logic and Argumentation          /6

Examples and other evidence support the main thesis and fit cohesively within each paragraph. All ideas presented in the body of the essay flow from, and support the argument presented in the thesis statement.


Students must use at least two peer-reviewed articles and two International Non-Profit Organization (INGO) reports.


Websites/sources such as Wikipedia, blogs/vlogs are not reliable sources for academic papers and they are unacceptable!


PLEASE DO MAKE SURE TO COPY AND PASTE THIS RUBRIC IN YOUR ASSIGNMENT.  The rubric will be excluded from the word-count.


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