Heroes of the Evolution – Youth for Human Rights

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Human Rights Summit Draws Youths to U.N. from 45 Nations

Celebrating the sweeping importance of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, young delegates from 45 nations gathered at U.N. headquarters in New York for the 16th annual International Human Rights Summit held by Youth for Human Rights International (YHRI).

The three-day Summit extended from June 27 to 29 and was sponsored this year by the Permanent Mission of El Salvador to the United Nations with co-sponsorship by the Permanent Missions to the U.N. of Ghana, Moldova, The Gambia, and Sierra Leone.

“Tragically, seven decades after the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, more than 40 million people are held in slavery, others are tortured or persecuted for their religious or political beliefs,” YHRI stated on its website as the Summit began, noting that the organization “was founded on the principle that human rights can be made a reality by broadscale education on the 30 articles of the Universal Declaration.”

“STAND supports the Declaration and all efforts to make it more broadly known and implemented,” said Edward Parkin, STAND’s International Director.

Via a special video message, the former President of East Timor, Nobel Peace Laureate José Manuel Ramos-Horta, encouraged the delegates in their work to make human rights a reality for everyone.

Article 7 of the Declaration states: “All are equal before the law and are entitled without any discrimination to equal protection of the law. All are entitled to equal protection against any discrimination in violation of this Declaration and against any incitement to such discrimination.”

Article 18 states: “Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance.”

Via a special video message, the former President of East Timor, Nobel Peace Laureate José Manuel Ramos-Horta, encouraged the delegates in their work to make human rights a reality for everyone.

A key aspect of the three days’ activities was recognition of the many good works carried out on behalf of human rights by those attending. Among them was actress Sheena Chohan, representing India at the Summit, who posted on Facebook, “For 10 years, I’ve been telling people about the importance of human rights and mentioning the United Nations … but yesterday, I not only attended a Summit at the United Nations, I was given a Human Rights Hero Award…. What a dream come true!”


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About the Author: Steve Cook is an avid researcher, a concerned Citizen and one hell of a writer. He just also happens to be the Director of the TLB Project website UK Reloaded (home based in England, UK) where the article above originated.




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1 Comment on Heroes of the Evolution – Youth for Human Rights

  1. Yes, everyone has a right to freedom of thought unless you agree to subject yourself to a “group” which removes your freedom of thought when your thoughts disagree with the group.
    In cult groups there is a bait and switch with regards to freedom of thought. The cult will promise you freedom as long as you “think like” the other group members as dictated by the cult leader. You are now free to think like everyone else and that is the cult freedom that you have achieved. The only real freedom is FREEDOM OF CHOICE and that freedom cannot be taken away since an individual chooses his own destiny. In other words individuals choose to give up their freedoms by their own choice. Cults are groups who have the hidden agenda of recruiting members to become subservient to the group as opposed to groups who are “service facilities” to individuals and service the individual. In Scientology, the entire value of the individual is to the group and not to the individual. That puts Scientology into the category of a cult. In America, per the U.S. Constitution the entire value of the group is to service the individual and place the individual rights as senior to the group. In America an individual can choose to be in a cult but does not have to …it’s their own CHOICE.

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