Dear YHRI Members and Friends,As I am sure you have anticipated, Youth for Human Rights International (YHRI) has postponed its annual International Human Rights Summit 2020 in New York, to be rescheduled at a future date when the danger of COVID-19 is no longer a factor.
There have been other times in history when citizens have temporarily given up one or more of their basic rights to address an emergency such as this one for the welfare of our communities. We have knowingly given up our freedom of movement within our own States, and our freedom to move across borders in many cases, our right to public assembly, for the sake of protecting the right to life in others, just as others have given up these rights to protect our right to life. To keep this in perspective, I’d like to remind you of this section of Article 29 of the Universal Declaration on Human Rights:
«In the exercise of his rights and freedoms, everyone shall be subject only to such limitations as are determined by law solely for the purpose of securing due recognition and respect for the rights and freedoms of others and of meeting the just requirements of morality, public order and the general welfare in a democratic society.»
Youth for Human Rights supports this global effort, including social distancing, isolation when ill, hand washing and other steps being taken to control COVID-19.
Youth for Human Rights will do its part by continuing to educate one and all on these rights and their importance – from our homes, while washing our hands regularly and social distancing. We invite you to join us by continuing to share the Human Rights PSAs online, and making our lesson plans available to the many teachers who are teaching online today.
Lastly, we would like to share some useful information about staying well, and a video that is sure to make you, your family, and your friends smile: Spread a Smile.
We very much look forward to seeing you in New York when the time is right.
Youth for Human Rights International