HUMAN RIGHT HISTORY

YHRI’s street-savvy, award-winning music
video, UNITED. World Tours Become an Annual Event YHRI’s World Educational Tour was followed,
in 2005, by a UNITED World Tour to mark the
international release of both UNITED and the
accompanying UNITED edition of What Are Human Rights?, a booklet containing the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
adapted for young readers. Starting in Los
Angeles, the tour crossed South America and
Africa before concluding with a human rights
youth summit in New Delhi, India, where
former Indian President K. R. Narayanan released the Hindi translation of What Are Human Rights? (The booklet is now available in a total of 17 languages.) In 2006, Youth for Human Rights International
began its third annual World Tour to promote
the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, as
part of their campaign to implement human
rights education around the world. The tour
consisted of thirty events—each of which released one of the thirty short videos by
YHRI depicting the human rights—across cities
in the US, Canada, United Kingdom, Germany,
Italy, Austria, Czech Republic, Slovakia,
Hungary, Ukraine, Turkey, United Arab
Emirates, Sri Lanka, Singapore, South Korea, the Philippines, Australia, New Zealand and
Fiji. Having become an annual project and
outreach action, the YHRI World Tour again
circled the globe in 2007, while the 2008 World
Tour visited Haiti, Venezuela, Morocco,
Nigeria, Kenya, Egypt, Pakistan and Taiwan.
Media followed, sharing stories of visits with dignitaries, officials, religious and community
leaders and youth. New friends were made
and collaborations formed to take human rights
education to a new level. These World Tours have continued each year,
as a vital annual program both through direct
meetings and media coverage of YHRI
activities, touching the lives of millions. International Summits Hosted Following each World Tour, YHRI has hosted
International Human Rights Summits, bringing
together youth delegates from around the
world to discuss local issues and the role of
human rights education as a vital element in
bringing about tolerance and peace. The conferences were held in Los Angeles,
Geneva and at the UN Headquarters in New
York. During the summits, the outstanding
work of members of our teams are shared and
acknowledged, inspiring others to expand their
efforts to promote human rights. YHRI presently has hundreds of chapters and
groups around the world, and ongoing YHRI
education projects in lands as diverse as
Australia, Canada, Denmark, Germany,
Ghana, Guyana, India, Italy, Japan, Liberia,
Mexico, Morocco, Puerto Rico, Sierra Leone, South Africa, the US and Zimbabwe.

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