Japanese American Internment Essay

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Human rights - they are an ongoing issue in the world today, with the constant struggle against violation. The United Nations has accepted 30 articles on human rights, which help protect millions from political, social, and legal abuses (UDHR). Even with the insistence from the world’s leaders to follow and honor these rights, violation is common and provides a serious threat to people all over the world. One example of a violation of human rights such as equality and safety in possessions is shown through the issue of Japanese American internment camps (UDHR).
First, the problem of Japanese American internment began in the 1940’s, when World War II left it’s mark on America (Ng xi). On December 7th, 1941, the Japanese Empire bombed Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, taking the lives of thousands and leaving Americans distraught and furious (Ng xi). According to the ¨Relocation & Incarceration of Japanese Americans During World War II" article from the Japanese American Relocation Archives (JARDA), the very next day, the United States and Britain both declared war on the Japanese. Soon after, on February 19th, 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Executive Order 2066; a command which led to the evacuation and relocation of 122,000 men, women and children of Japanese Ancestry on the west coast of America (JARDA). Over 70,000 of the incarcerated were American citizens (JARDA). Following this, Japanese Americans were discharged, removed from their homes, and stripped…