The 9th Annual Youth for Human Rights International Human Rights Summit was held on September 7th 2012 at the International Auditorium in Brussels. A highlight of the event was the presentation of four Human Rights Hero Awards for work to promote Human Rights Education:
Ecuador – Mr. Alberto Vásquez received the award on behalf of the Youth for Human Rights team in Ecuador for their Human Rights Education projects in schools, community centers and the media reaching millions nation-wide. During 2012 alone, their initiatives reached more than 50,000 students in 24 provinces in 50 cities. The Youth for Human Rights 30 short Youth for Human Rights videos were also aired on 58 TV channels reaching an estimated 4 million people.
Russia – Mr. Ruslan Khusainov and team members from Russia, Ukraine and Belarus were acknowledged for their outstanding initiatives in promoting human rights. One of their projects is the annual marathon series of events held in city squares in cities. During this year, 2012, the marathon expanded to 12 cities of Russia and Ukraine where 60,000 people were reached. Their growing volunteer team has been hosting almost daily events in St. Petersburg, other cities in Russia with expansions including Belarus and the Ukraine as well as the outreach through the media has reached millions.
South Africa – Bishop Dr. Chidiebere Ogbu, founder of Impact Africa Network, was commended for reaching out to ministers and the religious communities in Africa and the African Diaspora inspiring religious leaders to teach universal human rights to their congregations. He has embraced Human Right Education and, using his prophetic voice, reached out to gospel ministers and congregations through conferences, workshops, press, radio and TV in countries such as South Africa, Nigeria and the USA and inspired them to teach universal Human Rights to their congregations reaching about 200 Churches in Nigeria and over one thousand ministers of the gospel in Nigeria, and many more around Africa and the globe through Impact Africa Network.
Sri Lanka – Ashan Pushpakumara Perera received the award for his work as a youth volunteer working with his family members and friends to reach into the rural areas to help supply books for libraries, reading glasses for the elderly, packages of clothes for the needy, talent workshops and opportunities for budding artists, sports training and events encouraging celebrity sportspeople to volunteer time training youth groups. While providing services and opportunities to those in rural areas he used all possible opportunities to also teach Human Rights Education.