Youth for HUMAN RIGHTS calls for EQUAL RIGHTS for factory workers worldwide

The horrifying reality of 1,100 workers killed and over 2000 seriously injured when a shoddily built garment factory suddenly collapsed in Bangladesh highlights appalling violations of human rights guaranteed to all persons under the United National

The horrifying reality of 1,100 workers killed and over 2000 seriously injured when a shoddily built garment factory suddenly collapsed in Bangladesh highlights appalling violations of human rights guaranteed to all persons under the United National Universal Declaration of Human Rights – specifically Human Right #23, which states in part, “Everyone has the right … to just and favorable conditions of work…”

Everyday garment workers around the world are subjected to inhuman working conditions by unscrupulous corporations who take advantage of harsh economic conditions to extract what is essentially slave labor.

In Bangladesh the minimum wage for a garment worker is $38 a month, after being nearly doubled this year following violent protests by workers. According to the World Bank, the average per capita income in Bangladesh was about $64 a month in 2011.

The international organization Youth for Human Rights has, since 2001, been teaching youth and adults about human rights, specifically the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, in an effort to inspire people to become advocates for tolerance and peace.

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights Article #23 also states that “Everyone who works has the right to just and favorable remuneration ensuring for himself and his family an existence worthy of human dignity…”

In light of these tragic events, Youth For Human Rights is initiating a campaign to bring to light such violations of human rights and to continue to raise awareness of human right #23 – and all human rights – among all citizens of the world. As a part of the campaign, Youth for Human Rights is sponsoring a fashion show in 2013 dedicated to Fair Trade products – products guaranteed to have been produced under good and fair labor conditions. To learn more about the event you can contact Youth for Human Rights Florida at: info@youthforhumanrightsflorida.org.

As Youth for Human Rights spokesperson Paola Martinez said, "We are carrying forward the goals of humanitarians such as Mahatma Gandhi, Eleanor Roosevelt and L. Ron Hubbard who wrote that 'Human rights must be made a fact, not an idealistic dream.' Our wish is to see human rights made real for everyone."

To learn more about Youth for Human Rights International you can visit the website at: www.youthforhumanrights.org

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