PEACEFUL PLANET – HUMAN RIGHTS EDUCATION
A world where every human being is valued and respected, where everybody matters.
To enable ordinary members of society to heal the communities they live in so as to increase individual well-being and create good relations within the community. In the wider world, to bring about healing and reconciliation for divided communities and groups whose human rights are being violated.
We help people to understand what human rights are, why they are important and how learning human rights can change lives for the better with:
Peaceful Planet Human Rights Education is a UK registered non-profit organisation that educates people about their human rights under the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and organises the provision of education that empowers, enhances and activates individuals and communities to implement their human rights.
Lord Duncan McNair is a humanitarian and educator and former member of the British House of Lords. He started Peaceful Planet Human Rights Education as a result of the work of his grandfather Sir Arnold McNair, President of the International Court of Justice in the Hague, the Netherlands in the 1950s.
After World War II, the peoples and nations of the world were horrified by the huge loss of life and by the atrocities committed by the Nazi regime of Adolf Hitler and they resolved to ensure that such things would never happen again.
They agreed upon certain rights held in common by all people in every nation and territory of the planet and created mechanisms to back up the Universal Declaration. In the introduction (the Preamble) to the Declaration, they urged all governments to implement education of all people in all countries about the 30 rights to make sure they are observed.
Unfortunately, this suggestion has never been implemented. Peaceful Planet Human Rights Education is dedicated to ensuring this ideal becomes a reality. Only in this way can we achieve a Peaceful Planet.
The driving force for the agreement and signing of the Universal Declaration was Eleanor Roosevelt, wife of the President of the United States during World War II. At the tenth anniversary celebration of the signing of the Declaration in 1958, Mrs Roosevelt included in her speech:
“Where, after all, do universal human rights begin? In small places, close to home – so close and so small that they cannot be seen on any maps of the world. Yet they are the world of the individual person; the neighborhood he lives in; the school or college he attends; the factory, farm, or office where he works. Such are the places where every man, woman, and child seeks equal justice, equal opportunity, equal dignity without discrimination. Unless these rights have meaning there, they have little meaning anywhere. Without concerted citizen action to uphold them close to home, we shall look in vain for progress in the larger world.”