Tampa, Florida (PressExposure) October 06, 2009 -- Known for using and promoting non-violent solutions to social injustice, human rights champion Mahatma Gandhi had a message to all of us when he said, âYou must be the change you wish to see in the world.â This message is taken to heart by the members of Youth for Human Rights Florida, who collected over 2,500 petition signatures over the weekend.
âA lot of people I talked to didnât even know there is a Universal Declaration of Human Rights or what their human rights are,â said 12 year-old Fiorenza Magliola who collected 390 signatures herself.
On December 10, 1948 the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and asked all member countries to publicize the text of the Declaration and âto 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.â
However, more than sixty years later the Universal Declaration of Human Rights is still not a required topic in schools throughout Florida, the United States or most countries of the world.
âStudents spend years in school learning about wars and who conquered whom, but they donât learn about the solution, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights,â said Dustin McGahee, President of Youth for Human Rights Florida and high school senior. âUnderstanding human rights is the first step to making them a part of everyday life.â
As humanitarian L. Ron Hubbard stated, "Human rights must be made a fact, not an idealistic dream."
To help make human rights a reality, Youth for Human Rights Florida will use the petitions in talking to authorities about making the subject, as proposed in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, part of required education in schools.
To learn more about your human rights or Youth for Human Rights visit: http://www.youthforhumanrights.org