Do You Know Your Human Rights?

Do You Know Your Human Rights? December 15, 2016
Human Rights Education: The first step in gaining one's own rights is knowing what they are.
Human Rights Education: The first step in gaining one’s own rights is knowing what they are.

Most people can only name two or three of the 30 human rights enshrined in the Universal

Youth for Human Rights created a series of brief vidoes illustrating in less than a minute the essence of each of the 30 articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR).

Although we celebrated the 68th anniversary of the adoption of the UDHR this week, the International Labour Organization (ILO) reports:

  • Almost 21 million people are victims of forced labour – 11.4 million women and girls and 9.5 million men and boys.
  • Almost 19 million victims are exploited by private individuals or enterprises and over 2 million by the state or rebel groups.
  • Of those exploited by individuals or enterprises, 4.5 million are victims of forced sexual exploitation.
  • Forced labour in the private economy generates US$ 150 billion in illegal profits per year.
  • Domestic work, agriculture, construction, manufacturing and entertainment are among the sectors most concerned.
  • Migrant workers and indigenous people are particularly vulnerable to forced labour

And that is only 0ne of the 30 rights.

Poverty is another one and here the statistics are no less daunting:

  1. Nearly 1/2 of the world’s population — more than 3 billion people — live on less than $2.50 a day. More than 1.3 billion live in extreme poverty — less than $1.25 a day.
  2. 1 billion children worldwide are living in poverty. According to UNICEF, 22,000 children die each day due to povert

Freedom of religion and belief is another of these rights, yet we are living in an age where anti-religious hate crimes are on the rise.

The Church of Scientology and Scientologists support United for Human Rights and Youth for Human Rights  in the belief that by educating people on the UDHR we can mobilize a groundswell of support to eradicate these and other human rights abuses and restore these rights to those currently oppressed.

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