International Day of Youth Celebrated at Tampa “Signathon” for Human Rights

The Right to an Education and the Right to Play were among the 30 Human Rights 166 youth and their parents petitioned for at the Youth for Human Rights Florida’s “signathon” in honor of the UN’s International Day of Youth.

Online PR News – 21-August-2013 – Tampa, FL – This weekend, in honor of the United Nation’s International Day of Youth, more than 150 children and their parents signed petitions to get human rights education made a part of Florida’s school curriculum. The signathon took place at a Back to School Event held in the Town and Country area of Tampa.

In addition to educating event attendees on the initiative, Dora Leon and Rene Gomez - volunteers for Youth for Human Rights of Florida (YHR) - distributed nearly 300 booklets containing copies of the United Nation’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, spearheaded by Eleanor Roosevelt and adopted by the General Assembly of the United Nations in 1948, delineates 30 specific rights granted to every person of earth as a part of the human race. These rights include the right to not be discriminated against, the right to an education and the right to be innocent until proven guilty.

The event was done as a part of worldwide events commemorating the United Nation’s International Day of Youth.

As most people do not know that they have fundamental rights, or even what these rights are, YHR worked this weekend to raise awareness for all youth about their own basic rights. This is a part of their on-going educational program to curb bullying and violence between youth. Signathons have been being done throughout the Tampa Bay area to encourage the state government to include Human Rights education in schools.
“I have seen teenagers beg to have the Youth for Human Rights program implemented in their schools because they need our help to end the bullying and other violations of human rights they experience,” said Paola Martinez, YHR spokesperson.

Program materials include "The Story of Human Rights," a documentary video that illustrates the history of human rights through the ages; booklets; public service announcements that educate youth and adults on the 30 articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights; as well as teaching aids that include a study guide, activities manual and educator's classroom kit. These materials are provided to educators free of charge and are available in 17 languages.

Members of the Church of Scientology sponsor this secular, grass-roots program, funding the printing and distribution of these educational materials.

“Central to Scientology beliefs is a conviction that all humankind is entitled to inalienable rights,” said Church spokesperson Pat Harney. “It is in the spirit of our founder L. Ron Hubbard’s statement that ‘Human rights must be made a fact, not an idealistic dream’ that our parishioners contribute to such programs.”

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