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Youth for human rights India is a non-profit organization working for the betterment of the society. The main aim of the organization is to promote human rights in India and with the neighboring countries . Giving education, promotion and training to youth and adults about human rights as per United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights and making them advocates of peace and tolerance.

If everyone is aware of the importance of these rights and the importance of following these rights a lot more would be right in this world. Change is not about being instantaneous about the implementation of these rights. It is about having the time and the patience that is required in order to bring about an everlasting improvement in the way the world works. And  Humanity stands as a synonym for Human Rights.

Every person is entitled to certain fundamental rights, simply by the fact that he or she is a human being. These are called human rights. They are not simply a privilege, which can be taken away at someone’s whim.

They are rights because they are things one is legally and morally entitled to as part of one’s existence. These rights need to be stated and learned to protect ourselves, our families and our affiliations against those who want to harm us. They also help us get along with each other live in peace.

The United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) describes the rights to which each person is entitled. The document was adopted by the United Nations (UN), which came into being shortly after the end of World War II in 1945.Founded to create peace and prevent war, the UN today comprises 192 member nations.

At its inception, the UN formed a commission headed by Eleanor Roosevelt, the wife of Franklin D. Roosevelt (President of the United States from 1933 to 1945), to create a document enumerating the fundamental rights shared by all people. The new Human Rights Commission, composed of representatives from eighteen countries, codified the 30 articles that comprise a statement of truly universal human rights. The UDHR covers descriptions of the equality of rights worldwide (Articles 1 and 2), civil and political rights (Articles 3-21), economic and social rights (Articles 22-27) and the duties and responsibilities to uphold these rights for others (Articles 28-30). The last three are extremely important, for unless we ensure the rights of our fellows. We will be unable to maintain these rights for ourselves.

This important document formed a basis of agreement by which nations could work to eradicate conditions that dispose countries to war.

The preamble to the UN Charter stresses the importance of human rights in declaring the UN’s intention “…to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war…and to reaffirm faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person.”

Recognizing that there could be no lasting peace without respect for human rights, the UN officially unveiled the UDHR in 1948. The UDHR is a guiding foundation for the UN and its work.

Unfortunately, the UDHR is not widely known outside of the UN. Foreseeing this potential problem, the UN General Assembly in 1948 called upon all member countries “to cause it to be disseminated, displayed, read and expounded principally in schools and other educational institutions, without distinction based on the political status of countries or territories”.

Considered to be one of the most important documents ever written, the UDHR may be the key to a future of peace and tolerance for the civilizations of Earth.

Youth for Human Rights International (YHRI) recognizes that unless the UDHR is taught at an early age, the values described in this document may continue to elude us in daily practice within our homes, schools and neighborhoods, as well as in national and international affairs.

What is “Youth for Human Rights International”?

The purpose of Youth for Human Rights International is to educate youth about human rights so they become valuable advocates for tolerance and peace.

Youth for Human Rights International (YHRI) was formed to bring the Universal Declaration of Human Rights to youth through essay and art contests, informative and inspiring events and to provide materials for students and teaching guided for schools.

At the core of every YHRI program is the booklet What Are Human Rights? Based on the UDHR. It is an appealing, illustrated version of the Declaration in language that children can understand. The complete text of the UDHR is included at the back of the What Are Human Rights? Booklet.

YHRI was founded by Mary Shuttleworth, a long-time educator who serves as its president. A native of South Africa, she has traveled extensively throughout the world. Having observed firsthand that education is denied to many people and that abuses are committed against children and families, she decided to work in a field where she could remedy human rights violations.

YHRI was launched at the United Nations in Geneva during the culmination of the 2001 European Human Rights Marathon. It is international in scope with members in over 100 countries. It is international in scope with members in over 100 countries. Its educational video materials have been aired on over 5,000 TV stations globally. It has worked with educators, teachers associations, ministers of education, scout organizations, corporations, religions of various faiths, heads of government and many other like-minded individuals and groups. YHRI is an independent nonprofit organization. It accepts members and participants who want to forward the purpose of YHRI, regardless of their nationality, color, race, creeds, religious beliefs, age, abilities, gender or marital status, and it especially cherishes our youth around the world.