Star Studded Hollywood Club Scene Gets Lesson from Nightclub in Kazakhstan



Award winning producer Carl Urbin reports to The Hollywood Sentinel this week how around 600 million people in 6 continents are already rocking to the latest, hottest, worldwide trend to raise awareness of fundamental human rights through Youth For Human Rights International.

The members of Youth for Human Rights International's (YHRI) chapter in Almaty, Kazakhstan, let nothing slow them down when it comes to educating people about their human rights. The local YHRI group leader went all-out recently and organized what was the first ever "Night for Human Rights" in the Almaty Da Freak, a techno night club in the city center. Co-sponsored by the local YHRI chapter, a national music TV station and a local radio station, the "Night for Human Rights" was in full swing at the well-known electronic dance club from midnight until 6:00 AM, reports veteran music manager and film producer Carl Urbin.

Some 1,000 people, aged 20 to 35, showed up for the party and what they saw were 10 giant plasma screens on the club's two dance floors featuring the award-winning Youth for Human Rights International public service announcements back-to-back and non-stop throughout the evening. YHRI volunteers also handed out copies of What Are Human Rights? booklets depicting the 30 rights described in the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Mr. Urbin adds.

Carl Urbin continues, reporting that The Office of International Religious Freedom, at the US State Department in Washington, DC stated of Youth for Human Rights that "The booklet published by your group, What Are Human Rights?, goes far in helping to educate children not only here in the United States but around the globe on the 30 Articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights adopted in 1948 and signed by over 100 countries. Studying this booklet will foster understanding of basic human rights among youth, teaching them values of respect with tolerance and thereby bringing the hope of peace closer to a reality."

Further, Carl adds, UNITED, YHRI's award-winning human rights music video, entailed two thousand volunteers, including 150 actors, who donated their time to the movie project, which contains footage from 13 countries. UNITED is truly a youth undertaking, as the crew comprised mostly teenagers, with young rappers adding their brilliance with a song about human rights. First shown inside the United Nations' New York headquarters in 2004, UNITED has received many awards, including "Best Human Rights Film" at the Taglia Corto Film Festival in Florence, which is co-organized by UNESCO. Most importantly, however, the message of the film, available in 15 languages, reaches across barriers to youth of all races and ethnics. Educators and community leaders consider UNITED a unique tool for developing human rights awareness among young people.

Carl Urbin, whose central philanthropic work is to fight human rights abuses with support of Youth For Human Rights states that, "YHRI volunteers worldwide employ a variety of activities, from marathons to car races, concerts and murals, all designed to raise awareness of fundamental human rights." "As a result," Carl Urbin concludes, "YHRI has reached 600 million people on 6 continents with the message of what human rights are and how to defend and protect them. And that is something to support and celebrate!" © 2011, The Hollywood Sentinel.