Today is International Human Rights Day, in celebration of the United Nations General Assembly adopting the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on 10 December 1948.
In observance of this landmark day, Adobe Youth Voices had the opportunity to sit down with Jack Healey, founder of the Human Rights Action Center, to discuss the importance of youth participation in the cause of human rights.
Adobe Youth Voices (AYV): What is the Human Rights Action Center?
Jack Healy (JH): Human Rights Action Center is an organization dedicated to promoting human rights by focusing on two issues. Firstly, we are campaigning to have the Universal Declaration of Human Rights printed inside the passports of every nation. Secondly, we have focused on promoting the human rights case of Aung San Suu Kyi and Burma.
AYV: Why is it important for young people to get involved in the cause of human rights?
JH: It is important for young people to take action because most prisoners, most abused, most disappeared, most innocently jailed, are the young people of the world, and they need each other to stop this kind of debasement and support each other’s human rights.
AYV: How can young people take action?
JH: All young people should have a copy of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Study human rights in school. Celebrate December 10th with gusto. Petition their government to put the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in their country’s passports. Young people are half the world right now, and all together, they need one document that spells out their rights.
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In this short film, two Adobe Youth Voices students take a look at what a selection of average people know (or don’t know) about the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and then share some key points of the document.