Protecting Fundamental Freedoms

The Crisis

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PROBLEM

Recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world. (Universal Declaration of Human Rights, 1948)

We live in a world in which billions of individuals experience oppression rooted in a denial of the dignity and the intrinsic value of every human being. Pew Research Center identifies 64 countries where violations of human liberties virtually enslave their men, women, and children. Abuses range from the horrors of human trafficking to denials of basic freedoms of conscience, thought, and religion. These assaults on human dignity decimate the prospects for people to rise above the social and economic problems that result from these oppressions. The challenge is that much of the human and social capital that is poised to confront these injustices is disconnected from the people, networks and resources needed to help them achieve their freedoms. The Human Liberty Campaign is designed to build, strengthen and leverage those connections exponentially.

Our goal is to promote the most fundamental forms of Human Freedom

Our international campaign will focus on the following critical areas:

Published research on the state of civil liberties, economic freedom, religious freedom, freedom of association, and freedom of expression internationally found that in 2010:

87 countries fully experienced these freedoms.

60 countries experienced some of these freedoms.

47 countries experienced none of these freedoms.

SCOPE OF THE PROBLEM

  • North Korea operates a vast gulag system of labor camps where experts estimate hundreds of thousands of men, women and children are systematically tortured, raped, starved and murdered under conditions as brutal as Nazi Germany.
  • The International Labor Organization’s 2010 Facts on Child Labor Report at least 115 million children are engaged in the worst forms of labor. While the exact number of people trafficked in any year is impossible to identify due to its criminal nature, experts estimate that there are 27 million slaves in the world today.
  • The U.S. Department of State’s 2011 Trafficking in Persons Report states that in 2010, there were only 6,017 prosecutions, 3,619 convictions, and 33,113 victims identified.
  • The Child Soldier’s Prevention Act identifies six foreign governments that are guilty of using child soldiers: Burma (Myanmar), Chad, Democratic Republic of Congo, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen.
  • According to International Relief organizations, hundreds of thousands of children worldwide are recruited into government armed forces, paramilitaries, civil militia, and a variety of other groups.