The 12th annual International Human Rights Summit began with a flourish of flags and 43 young people representing 33 nations in a procession signaling the start of the three-day Summit at United Nations Headquarters in New York.
The Summit’s purpose: Bring young people together from around the world who share the goal of changing their nations through human rights and arm them with further knowledge, experience and plans so they make that goal a reality.read more >>
The legacy of martial law and suppressed freedom of speech and other basic rights under Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos still lives today in the island nation. The US State Department Human Rights Report of 2015 cites “significant human rights problems,” including “allegations of violence against human rights activists,” while those entrusted to protect them are themselves accused of human rights violations. The report further notes “extrajudicial killings and enforced disappearances undertaken by security forces and suspected vigilante groups and a weak and overburdened criminal justice system notable for poor cooperation between police and investigators.”read more >>
HUMAN RIGHTS EDUCATION PACKAGE
What Educators Say
Eighty five percent of Youth for Human Rights and Bringing Human Rights to Life Education Packages are ordered by school and university educators. With users rating the curriculum and materials on a scale of 1 to 10—based on effectiveness, ease of use and response from students—the average score is 9.4, with over half scoring a 10. A sampling of comments:
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“THE STUDENTS HAVE BECOME ADVOCATES FOR OTHERS AND SELF-ADVOCATES AS WELL. THEY STAND UP FOR EACH OTHER ON THE YARD AND SAY EACH PERSON HAS THE RIGHT TO DIGNITY.”
BRINGING HUMAN RIGHTS TO STUDENTS EVERYWHERE
United for Human Rights and its youth component, Youth for Human Rights International, provide Educator Kits, containing everything a teacher needs to teach their students about human rights.
Delegate: In the Spotlight
This is Juan Carlos Cantu Tamez’s second Human Rights Summit. In 2013, he formed the Youth for Human Rights chapter for the state of Nuevo Leon, Mexico, which carries out human rights walks, concerts, photo exhibitions and educational programs. He finds the Youth for Human Rights materials help his group get through to other young people who may be reluctant to make waves. “We are responsible for changing that mindset, for a better society,” he says.
The Right to Seek a Safe Place to Live? The Stats
Article 14 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights states, “Everyone has the right to seek and to enjoy in other countries asylum from persecution.” Yet:
HELP MAKE HUMAN RIGHTS A REALITY
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