HRW Defenders Visit the Traveling Children’s Rights Camp

Photos by Maya Myers

November 11, 2014: STF students and teachers joined over 700 other dinner guests to honor human rights defenders and celebrate the dedication of Human Rights Watch’s longtime supporter, Sid Sheinberg. STF contributed to the evening by hosting a preview of the traveling Children’s Rights Camp during the reception for the annual HRW Voices for Justice Dinner.

Shin Dong-Hyuk (North Korea) and Dr. M.R. Rajagopal (India, who advocates for palliative care as a human right), recipients of the 2014 Alison Des Forges Award for Extraordinary Activism, met with STFers during a private reception to discuss what human rights mean to them. Shin said, “My body is here but my mind is in North Korea… I cannot close my eyes to the suffering there. Human rights is my calling, my life. Freedom is not given to us, we are born with it. You must go and teach that.”

STF invited the honorees and dinner guests to visit the traveling Children’s Rights Camp and to contact President Obama and urge U.S. ratification of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. After dinner, emcee and NBA star Jason Collins walked through the Camp and congratulated STFers on their efforts, encouraging them to continue to be the voices for children everywhere.

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