This was a year of significant global expansion with a daily average of 12 events or presentations at schools and our campaign reaching more than a hundred million people. This included our 12th World Educational Tour, our 12th Youth for Human Rights Day Celebration culminating in our 12th International Human Rights Summit at the United Nations headquarters, and so much more. Our volunteers, collaborators and supporters are the people who cared, worked and made this expansion possible.
In Bangladesh, a country the size of the state of Idaho, nearly 83 percent of the population lives on less than $2 a day. The world’s second-largest exporter of clothing, Bangladesh pays garment workers as little as $68 a month for 10-hour days under sweatshop conditions. Some 85 percent of these workers are women—who are left with the choice of putting up with deplorable conditions or no job.
Over 200,000 Guatemalans died in the 1960-1996 civil war. According to the UN-sponsored Historical Clarification Commission, 83 percent of those killed were indigenous Mayans, and 93 percent of these gross human rights violations were perpetrated by the military. To help the country recover from this nightmare, the Guatemala Congress charged the Human Rights Attorney General with the task of defending the rights established in the Constitution of the Republic and in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
At the end of the presentation, an anti-bullying music video (UNITED) was shown. The children loved it so much they begged to see it again. During the video, their eyes were glued to the screen and at the end, many students joined in clapping their hands as well....
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.
Congratulations to Youth for Human Rights International for its dedication to the promotion of knowledge and responsibilities set forth in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. As one of the creators of the Declaration, Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt recognized that for each of us Human Rights are personal and universal.
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.