Youth for Human Rights International will be holding its 13th annual International Human Rights Summit on August 25-27, 2016 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. We are calling on young people to be Youth Delegates representing their countries, as well as inviting attendees from all walks of life who are passionate about the importance of human rights education.
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 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 U.S. 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.
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...
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.