Human Rights Leader Completes Fifth World Tour

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Ms. Mary Shuttleworth, Founder and President of Youth for Human Rights International (YHRI), completed the final leg of her Creating a Human Rights Renaissance World Tour 2008. Traveling on her fifth world tour and accompanied by videographer Ben Welch, Shuttleworth traveled to Haiti, Venezuela, Morocco, Nigeria, Kenya, Egypt, Pakistan and Taiwan.

Ms. Mary Shuttleworth, Founder and President of Youth for Human Rights International (YHRI), completed the final leg of her Creating a Human Rights Renaissance World Tour 2008. Traveling on her fifth world tour and accompanied by videographer Ben Welch, Shuttleworth traveled to Haiti, Venezuela, Morocco, Nigeria, Kenya, Egypt, Pakistan and Taiwan.

With 100 million children across the globe living in the streets and another 120 million, under the age of 15, working full time jobs to keep a roof over their heads, Shuttleworth feels it is more important than ever to reach out to children everywhere. Through these World Tours she hopes to do that.

Since leaving the United States a month ago on May 11, Shuttleworth met with officials of national and local governments in those countries, as well as with children and teenagers in schools, orphanages and community groups. She also spread her message about the importance of teaching human rights to our future leaders through her appearances on national television in Haiti, Venezuela, Morocco, Nigeria and, in Nairobi, on "Good Morning Kenya."

Attorney Mr. Aviol Fleurant, founder of the National Academy of Human Rights (Haiti), attended these meetings with Shuttleworth. He acknowledged a very positive response by the officials, who pledged to step up their plans to make human rights broadly known in Haiti.

In Venezuela, the world tour visit was capped with a concert featuring rap artist Cuarto Poder and TV show host, Ramon Castro, who was MC to an estimated 8,000 attending the concert. Shuttleworth met with government officials and other artists, and was given interviews that were broadcast on several Venezuelan TV networks, including Globovision.

The highlight of Shuttleworth's visit to Morocco was the grand opening of the new YHRI chapter headquarters, located in a new luxury high-rise office tower in downtown Casablanca.

On her Nigeria leg, Shuttleworth was proud to be hosted by Prof. Dora Nkem Akunyili, Director General of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration Nigeria, who describes the production of fake drugs to be one of the worst and most prevalent human rights violations perpetrated in Nigeria.

In Kenya, United Nations officials, national government officials, and a military commander requested quantities of YHRI educational materials for immediate inclusion in their existing educational programs, including programs to educate human trafficking victims about their human rights, in an effort to combat one of the world's most lucrative black market trades.

Shuttleworth rounded out her World Tour with a visit to the Vice President of Taiwan, who expressed his concern about the education of human rights, especially that of the younger generation.

The purpose of the world tour is to inspire top-level officials, community leaders, educators, youth organizations, and media worldwide to make human rights education part of every child's schooling and, by so doing, create a true human rights renaissance.

Youth for Human Rights International is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization that teaches youth around the world about human rights, specifically the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, to help them become advocates for peace and tolerance or as stated in Shuttleworth's own words:

"My work for Youth for Human Rights was inspired by the words of humanitarian L. Ron Hubbard, who said 'human rights must be made a fact, not an idealistic dream.' By traveling to the far corners of the world and meeting with like-minded people, groups and organizations, I believe if we work together, we can truly make human rights a reality."

For more information visit http://www.youthforhumanrights.org.

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