Protecting Fundamental Freedoms

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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)

Afghan_Women We live in a world in which billions of people are oppressed and denied the dignity and intrinsic value every human being possesses. The 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. The challenge is the human and social capital poised to confront these injustices is disconnected from the people, networks and resources needed to help them achieve their freedoms. The Human Liberty Campaign seeks to build, strengthen and leverage those connections exponentially. Our goal is to promote, fight for, and defend fundamental forms of Human Freedom:

SCOPE OF THE PROBLEM

  • Published research on the state of civil liberties, economic freedom, religious freedom, freedom of association, and freedom of expression internationally found that in 2010; 60 countries experienced some of these freedoms, and 47 countries experienced none of these freedoms.
  • 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.