Saturday, January 31, 2009

Youth for Human Rights International - Year 2008 in Review


2008 was a year of unprecedented expansion!

As we were celebrating the 60th anniversary of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, our messages of human rights in 2008 were reaching people of all walks of life, all continents and the TV stations are now promoting our videos to hundreds of millions around the world.

The purpose of Youth for Human Rights International (YHRI) is to teach youth about human rights, specifically the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), and inspire them to become valuable advocates for tolerance and peace.

Through the tireless efforts of our thousands of dedicated volunteers around the world throughout 2008, human rights education permeated society at a new level:
  • Students in Sierra Leone, Ghana and Liberia participated in intensive human rights education and gained the skills needed to research, document, teach and promote human rights to their peers, communities and leaders.
  • YHRI-Burundi realized that children who do not know their rights are vulnerable and took the message of human rights to schools, religious groups, orphanages and even people who live in the furthest remote areas.
  • YHRI-India, in collaboration with the Safepoint Foundation, taught human rights to millions of people specifically focusing on the person’s right to safe health care by raising awareness about the dangers of re-using syringes.
  • YHRI - Bangladesh got started in 2008 year and is learning how to expand their team.
  • YHRI-Congo continued to develop the plans for their Human Rights Community Center.
  • YHRI-South Africa inspired thousands of youth to learn about their human rights and their responsibilities.
  • Art competitions and celebrity awards celebrations of chapters such as YHRI-UK and YHRI-Australia inspired youth and the results truly depicted their understanding of human rights vividly
  • YHRI-Morocco mailed postcards and painted murals
  • YHRI-Uganda held human rights concerts and workshops
  • Artists and celebrities in Venezuela took the lead and YHRI-Venezuela promoted to audiences in shopping malls, huge concerts and TV reaching hundreds of thousands of fans throughout Venezuela and beyond her borders and took rap to a new horizon as human rights lessons were taught
  • YHRI-Mexico brought artists on board bringing human rights messages into the limelight
  • YHRI-Taiwan literally promoted human rights education on two wheels. Yes, they cycled around the island promoting to dignitaries, leaders, educators as well as people along the way - young and old alike!
  • YHRI-UK was fast as the team raced around the track for human rights promoting the message of human rights locally and nationwide in the media. Rumor has it that they are taking their “Racing 4 Human Rights™” message to an international level next year!
  • In the US, Major League Soccer (MLS) kicked human rights education to a new high level by promoting the YHRI PSAs endorsed by the MLS professional players to thousands, during halftime as well as on national TV.
  • In California, our YHRI youth kicked off a new idea with their “Kick Discrimination™” campaign.
  • YHRI-Denmark kicked off their soccer initiative including players from many countries joining in the fun.
  • Switzerland took human rights education to a new height with their soccer balls depicting the 30 articles of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
  • The list continues with human rights being taught in Fiji and surrounding islands depicting local images in their human rights videos. In honor of the 60th anniversary of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, YHRI groups in countries around the globe including Holland, Indonesia, Italy, New Zealand, Puerto Rico, Russia, Sweden and the USA, our YHRI volunteers spread the message of human rights to hundreds of thousands of youth.
  • The YHRI World Tour 2008 circled the globe to Haiti, Venezuela, Morocco, Nigeria, Kenya, Egypt, Pakistan and Taiwan. The media followed and shared stories of visits with dignitaries, officials, community leaders, schools, youth groups and the local people. New friends were made and collaborations formed to take human rights education to a new level.
  • The YHRI International Human Rights Summit 2008 at the United Nations headquarters in New York was an outstanding success with 27 youth delegates from around the world walking side-by-side to promote human rights for all. Dignitaries, religious and community leaders addressed the delegation...

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