Youth for Human Rights International (YHRI) is a nonprofit organization founded in 2001 by Dr. Mary Shuttleworth, an educator born and raised in apartheid South Africa, where she witnessed firsthand the devastating effects of discrimination and the lack of basic human rights.
The purpose of YHRI is to teach youth about human rights, specifically the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and inspire them to become advocates for tolerance and peace. YHRI has now grown into a global movement, including hundreds of groups, clubs and chapters around the world.
Youth for Human Rights International teaches human rights education both in the classroom and in nontraditional educational settings. They aim to reach people from diverse backgrounds, with materials which often appeal across generations. By teaching human rights through all means - from conferences and workshops to hip-hop and dancing - this message has spread around the world.
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And don´t forget the 9th annual Youth for Human Rights International Human Rights Summit 2012 from 7th to 9th September in Brussels, which follows the proud tradition of bringing youth from around the world together to share, encourage and inspire global peace and tolerance.