SUMMER 2015NEWSLETTER

Climb Every Mountain
SCALING THE SUMMITS TO PROMOTE HUMAN RIGHTS

Italian alpine climber Daniele Nardi is one of an elite group who have made it to the summit of five of the 14 highest mountains on Earth, the “eight-thousanders” as they are known because they rise above 8,000 meters (26,200 feet). His mountaineering conquests include reaching the summit of the two tallest peaks: Mount Everest and the notoriously dangerous K2.

“The real joy of the challenge is in pushing beyond your limits. I love to climb these peaks because they make me feel alive,” he says.

Nardi’s second passion is helping young people. It was at a 2009 Youth for Human Rights concert, the youth component of United for Human Rights, that Nardi discovered a way to combine his two passions.

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HUMAN RIGHTS FOR A NEW GENERATION
Educating Young People in Timor-Leste

Youth for Human Rights provides human rights education to the world’s first sovereign nation born in the 21st century.

After hundreds of years of Portuguese colonial rule and 24 years of Indonesian occupation, and its aftermath that left hundreds of thousands of people homeless or dead and destroyed most of the country’s homes and schools, the new nation of Timor-Leste emerged in 2002 as the world’s first sovereign nation born in the 21st century.

With continued conflict, the fledgling nation was under a succession of UN peacekeeping missions from the start, and in 2006 the UN Security Council authorized a 3,000-strong peacekeeping force: the UN Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste.

Youth for Human Rights arrived in Timor-Leste in 2009 when the organization introduced the materials to the country’s President. The UN mission in the capital city of Dili embraced the program—What are Human Rights? booklet, The Story of Human Rights documentary film, Public Service Announcements, and the comprehensive curriculum.

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Youth for Human Rights Teaches
STUDENTS TO TAKE A STAND

Human rights education is implemented in modern school systems to bring an end to bullying and other conflicts of contemporary life in North America. Following are excerpts from the reports of two teachers using the Youth for Human Rights program in their classrooms.

“The students regularly make connections to human rights with what we are learning in class.”

—Elementary teacher, Ottawa, Canada
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HUMAN RIGHTS EDUCATION FOR ALL

Because oppression knows no boundaries, Youth for Human Rights materials are translated in 22 languages, including those spoken by relatively few people.

Tetum Spoken by 85% of the 1.1 million people of Timor-Leste.
Mongolian Spoken by 5.2 million people in Mongolia and the Mongolian region of China.
Urdu National language of Pakistan and also an official language of six Indian states.


DATES
Human Rights Advocacy in 2015-2016

June 20: World Refugee Day

July 30: World Day against Trafficking in Persons

September 21: International Day of Peace

November 16: International Day of Tolerance

December 10: United Nations Human Rights Day

February 20: World Day of Social Justice

March 1: Zero Discrimination Day

March 21: International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

April 6: International Day of Sport for Development and Peace

Be part of upcoming United for Human Rights events on these days by contacting us.



THE FACTS ABOUT HUMAN TRAFFICKING

  • 1. Some 27 million people are currently trafficked internationally.


  • 2. The average cost of a slave is $90.


  • 3. Human trafficking is the largest human rights violation in the history of mankind.


  • 4. Human trafficking is the world’s second largest criminal enterprise, after drug smuggling and arms dealing.


  • 5. An estimated 80% of trafficking is sexual exploitation, and 20% is labor exploitation.



HELP MAKE HUMAN RIGHTS A REALITY

Join the international human rights movement by becoming a member of United for Human Rights. UHR assists individuals, educators, organizations and governmental bodies in all parts of the world to raise awareness of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.