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The ISHR “International Solidarity for Human Rights”, in collaboration with “Where is Asturias” launched a pioneer program to present and promote the values of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in schools along the Camino Primitivo (Original Way) of the Camino de Santiago.

Aware of the importance acquired by the Northern Caminos since their recognition as World Heritage by UNESCO, Elizabeth Sanchez Vegas – President – and Devorah Sasha – Director – have walked the Camino Primitivo, the first known route and the original route of the Jacobean pilgrimages, to embed the values of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in the Camino de Santiago.

During their walking through the primitive way, ISHR members combined their pilgrimage with visits to the schools where they shared activities aimed at educating the children about human rights; they also gave the children a 64 pages Illustrated Pocket Guide to Human Rights in English and Spanish, in addition to naming them universal ambassadors of the organization.

At the end of the program, the children were given the opportunity to express their testimonials and opinions to ISHR in drawings, phrases, paintings, essays, etc … their expressions will be intervened by an artist to be a part of an art work that will be exhibited at the Centro Cultural Español in Miami.

Despite having been declared by the UN the “Magna Carta of Mankind” human rights are barely known by only 5% of the world’s population and only 1% of the world population have read the Universal Declaration of Human Rights; people hardly knows that there are 30 rights and that we exercise them 24 hours a day. They are as simple as to sleep, to eat, to go to school or to cure a simple cold acts that correspond with the right to rest, the right to food and shelter, the right to education, the right to health, among others.

The ISHR collaborates with Miami Dade College in human rights projects; MDC is the largest institution of Higher Education in the US, with 174,000 students; its president Dr. Eduardo Padron is one of the educational advisers at the White House. ISHR wants to establish this program as an annual visit to the Camino de Santiago where they can bring volunteers and American students from different Universities who wish to participate in this important social program of education in human rights.

This initiative has been possible thanks to the collaboration of :Iberia, TourSpain, Where is Asturias, the Federación Asturiana de Empresarios (FADE), Transtino Taxi-Camino, Automeres Picatto, Paco Currás Diseñadores, the Asociación de Amigos del Camino de Santiago Astur-Galaico del Interior, DEmo, Gloria Casa de Comidas by Nacho Manzano, Ayuntamiento de Grado and the hotels: Balneario Las Caldas, Aparthotel Campus, Castillo de Valdés-Salas, Palacio de Merás, La Nueva Allandesa, Hotel Las Grandas, Hotel Casa Manolo, Hotel La Moneda, Hotel Compostela and Hotel Europa de Madrid. Finally many thanks to the Fundación Valdés-Salas and the Instituto Europeo Campus Stellae.

International Solidarity for Human Rights wants to make out of our work a learning tool. In this video there are two inaccuracies regarding dates related to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Could you identify them?

Write to International Solidarity for Human Rights to: info@ishrights.org

If your answer is correct we will send you a Pocket Guide to Human Rights.


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