Human rights NGO Amnesty International UK, has posted a video asking young #Children about their opinions and views on human rights. The video, entitled 'Human Rights Heroes of the Future', features children aged five to nine reflecting on issues such as women's right to vote and the role of Nelson Mandela.
To the question: "At a time of global daunting events, many people are afraid. What would you advise?" a young boy explains that if we stop worrying and think positively, everyone would have a 'great time.' Harriet Garland, Amnesty spokesperson, said: "It's a good reminder that the most simple things can be the most powerful."
The words of the children in the video prove that human rights are not as complicated as people sometimes think. In fact they're obvious. "Hopefully these children will feel empowered and inspired by the words of human rights heroes like Mandela. Lots of adults feel that way about the children's words."
The video was published simultaneously to the release of the organisation's new children's book, Dreams of Freedom, which combines quotes from human rights activists such as the Dalai Lama, Malala and Aung San Suu Kyi with illustrations from artists from around the world, including Oliver Jeffers and Chris Riddell. The book was published by Frances Lincoln Children's Books to coincide with World Book's Day. It aims at raising young children's awareness of best-known human right champions so they can explore the importance of liberties.
"In a time when children across the world are traumatised, frightened and confused by news events, this book empowers them to explore hard-won rights and understand how precious they are," said Amnesty International in an official statement.
Dreams of Freedom follows the 2008 book, We Are All Born Free, which won a special award from the English Association for Best Children's Illustrated Book.
To celebrate the launch, Amnesty held a drama workshop in partnership with Chickenshed Theatre, allowing children to explore the words of the 'human rights heroes' featured in the book.
The video can be found in the page of the Amnesty International UK.