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FAU to Promote Human Rights, Tolerance at Human Rights Walk

BOCA RATON, FL (November 12, 2010) – Florida Atlantic University’s Center for Holocaust and Human Rights Education will host a “Human Rights Walk” on Tuesday, November 16, beginning at 4:30 p.m. at FAU’s Student Union, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton campus.  The walk will end at 6 p.m. at the Live Oak Pavilion with speeches and a video on bullying and intolerance.

Taking place on the United Nations-mandated International Day for Tolerance, the event will include speakers Dr. Mary Shuttleworth, an educator raised in South Africa during apartheid who founded Youth for Human Rights International; Josef Palermo, co-founder of FAU’s Amnesty Group and a social activist in Washington D.C.; Dustin McGahee, president of the Florida Chapter of Youth for Human Rights International; and Tampa Bay singer/songwriter Hana-li. Student and community organizations, such as Be Aware, Share and Act for Peace,  also will participate.

            The event will focus on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights ratified by the United Nations as a response to Nazi atrocities revealed during and after World War II.  The declaration was the first global expression of rights and freedoms to which all human beings are entitled.  Copies of the list of 30 inalienable rights will be given to participants at the Human Rights Walk.

            The Human Rights Walk also is sponsored by Youth for Human Rights International and FAU’s International Student and Scholar Services.  

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