Youth for Human Rights International Promoting the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
February 23, 2006
Saturday the 18th and Sunday the 19th of February, 2006 the first-ever Human Rights Sign-a-Thon weekend took place. Members of Youth for Human Rights International, determined to make human rights a fact, circulated a petition to promote the full implementation of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human in cities around the world.
Over 10,000 people signed the petition in Copenhagen’s busiest square; 4,000 signatures were collected across France and, despite heavy rain 1,000 people added their names to the petition in Greece. Taiwan wasn’t to be left out – they collected over 2,400 signatures. Events were also held across Germany, the United Kingdom and in Italy, Austria, Switzerland and Hungary, with the United States following close behind with events held in New York, Washington D.C, Philadelphia and Boston.
All told, nearly 25,000 people signed on, calling for their governments to honor the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and to see that human education is implemented in schools around the world.