For 2016 United for Human Rights Announces Goal – to Make Human Rights Real in the Tampa Bay Area

CLEARWATER, Fla., Jan. 28, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- On January 18th, the birthday of a human rights hero Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., United for Human Rights Florida celebrated his legacy with petition drives, presentations, and distribution of their award-winning educational materials on human rights. This follows on the heels of United for Human Rights relentless drive to make human rights a reality in 2015. In the final five months of 2015 alone, following the opening of the United for Human Rights (UHR) Florida headquarters in downtown Clearwater, United for Human Rights representatives toured more than 4,000 through their state-of-the- art human rights information center, distributed over 47,000 What are Human Rights? booklets, DVDs and Educator Kits, and forged forty-two partnerships with like-minded organizations.

The Human Rights program is based on the 30 human rights incorporated by the United Nations in 1948 as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Cristian Vargas, the Executive Director of United for Human Rights Florida, said, “Our aim for 2016 is to get our human rights materials to 10% of the Tampa Bay area’s population which will be a major step towards making human rights a fact here in this area.”

According to the United for Human Rights website, a majority in the world cannot name their 30 human rights thus making many vulnerable to abuses such as discrimination, human trafficking, and terrorism.

Throughout 2015, Vargas said that their staff, volunteers and partners delivered presentations using the human rights materials provided by UHR to hundreds of students, police officers, and non-profit organizations. The educational materials are available to these groups at no charge.

In October 2015, one educator wrote to Vargas after UHR staff presented their materials to a high school class:

“I am writing to thank you on behalf of myself, Master Chief King and all of our students for your visit today. Your interactive Human Rights presentation was OUTSTANDING! Our principal was equally impressed and thankful for the assistance that you provided to our ESL (English as a second language) and model United Nations and Spanish instructors.”

For more information, visit the Human Rights Office at 29th North Fort Harrison Avenue, Clearwater, FL 33755, call 727-467-6960 or email

United for Human Rights

United for Human Rights is the world's largest nongovernmental human rights education campaign, active in 192 countries and partnering with 1,500 groups and organizations. Working in tandem with its affiliated, Youth for Human Rights group, and supported by The Church of Scientology, its purpose is to raise awareness and implementation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and its 30 articles through its award-winning Story of Human Rights documentary, 30 Rights/PSAs and the What are Human Rights? booklets. The organization’s agrees with the declaration made by humanitarian L. Ron Hubbard, “Human Rights must be made a fact, not an idealistic dream.”

For More Information Contact: Cristian Vargas 727-467-6960 or email

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