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Youth for Human Rights - Spreading the Message of Tolerance and Goodwill

January 24, 2007

Photo: Youth for Human Rights International President, Mary Shuttleworth, holding a workshop for young people on Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service.

Youth for Human Rights International President, Mary Shuttleworth, holding a workshop for young people on Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service.

You are never too young to learn your rights and responsibilities.

That is a basic concept behind the Youth for Human Rights International (YHRI) educational campaign.

With the help of the Human Rights Department of the Church of Scientology International YHRI has created a series of informational materials to reach children and teens and educate them on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

One of the most popular and effective facets of their campaign are the YHRI human rights public service announcements. These 30 short films describe each of the 30 rights guaranteed by the Universal Declaration. Although made to communicate to youth, these 30 to 60 second ads appeal to people of all ages, capturing the spirit of each right visually and leave a lasting impression through their emotional impact.

Photo: After watching the YHRI public service announcements, these children created a large poster to show what human rights means to them.

After watching the YHRI public service announcements, these children created a large poster to show what human rights means to them.

In countries all over the world, local chapters of Youth for Human Rights International contact TV stations, movie theaters and stores to air the public service announcements. They provide workshops to schools, community groups and clubs to bring the message of human rights to young people, emphasizing that it is up to them to create a better world.

Last week, cities throughout the United States celebrated the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, a unique holiday which is known as ďa day on not a day off. Americans are encouraged to spend this day contributing to their communities, and Youth for Human Rights International chapters all over the country held events and workshops on human rights.

For more information on Youth for Human Rights International visit their web site at www.youthforhumanrights.org


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