HUMAN RIGHTS EDUCATION TOUR TRAVERSES TAIWAN
A two-week Human Rights Education Tour travels to six cities in Taiwan to launch the 70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights with enlightenment delivered through music and art—and inspiring thousands.
In celebration of the 70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, on 10 December 2017 the YHR Taiwan team inaugurated a Human Rights Education Tour in schools and universities across the country.
Joining them was Rahul KC, President of YHR Nepal and Wil Seabrook, a YHRI Ambassador and founder of Rock for Human Rights.
The tour started at the Chung Cheng University where students first watched the 30 YHRI public service announcements and The Story of Human Rights documentary. Seabrook then performed the Beatles’ “Blackbird” and his original song, “Candle.” He shared his own experience with human rights abuses and the solutions to them, giving students a chance, in turn, to tell their own stories. Rahul KC spoke of the reason he dedicated his life to human rights education. He emphasized the importance of responsibility—per UDHR Article 29 on one’s duty to protect the rights and freedoms of others—and presented a slide show of his activities, giving the students examples of the many ways they could promote human rights.
“I don’t have to try to save the world. I can be the little candle that is a light for others.”
A similar pattern continued through Jinwen University of Science and Technology, the National Taipei University of Education, Fu Jen Catholic High School, Nan Hwa Senior High School, Taipei Dongmen Elementary School and more—a total of 17.
Students were inspired, making statements like, “It’s my first time understanding the 30 human rights and their basic content,” to, “I want to be a human rights advocate,” and, “I don’t have to try to save the world. I can be the little candle that is a light for others.”
In only two weeks, the tour had delivered 26 events in six cities, reaching more than 4,000 youth.
All culminated at the Human Rights Day celebration in the Church of Scientology Kaohsiung’s Chapel, where students’ human rights art was displayed. The Kaohsiung City Education Bureau Director spoke and recognized the students.
UDHR by the numbers
For the 70th Anniversary of UDHR, let’s look at the stats.
of political, cultural and religious backgrounds comprised the commission to create the UDHR
with the UDHR as the guiding document for defining, protecting and maintaining human rights
into which the UDHR has been translated, making it the most translated document on Earth
uphold the UDHR as the United Nations platform for world peace
signed the original declaration to ratify it in 1948
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