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A new venture which aims to unshackle youth to create opportunities enhance skills, and ideas while addressing social issues through human rights-based approach.

The Road to Rights International is a youth led organization established in 2009 in Sri Lanka is the evolution of a childhood dream, to serve humanity from the age of 8, aimed at supporting and empowering young people on creating opportunities, skills development, creativity and innovation by taking a Human rights based approach towards Peace and Development. Human rights education promotes values, beliefs and attitudes that encourage all individuals to uphold their own rights and those of others. It develops an understanding of everyone's common responsibility to make human rights a reality in each community. “The Road to Rights” a platform to expose abilities, whatever the abilities they maybe because every individual comes to this world with a special skill, we believe in bringing and helping them take right use of it.

The Road to Rights create awareness, and promote advocacy for the communities through community and social development programs. The advocacy is directed to guiding children, youth & women, who he believes; need to understand their rights and responsibilities based on core values, attitudes, and skills, if they wish to play a role in shaping their lives, to serve their communities, and their nations as the next generation of future leaders.

Key avenues of The Road to Rights to empower youth children and women addressing social issues including Gender inequality, Poverty, Climate issues;

  • Human Rights Education.
  • Education (Skills, Knowledge and Attitudes.
  • Environmental Sustainability.
  • Sport for Peace and Development.
  • Arts for Peace and Development.
  • ICT, Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship.
  • What we do

The Road to Rights working on empowering youth, children and women through various form of activities and create awareness, promote advocacy for the communities through community and social development programs including open forums, Conferences, Workshops, Capacity building programs and social media campaigns. The Road to Rights believes in bringing youth people and communities together to ensure peace and development. Sport and Art programs are two major programs that road to rights is working on engaging people to educate them on their rights, responsibilities and empower them through activities. Purposeful Play, Senses and Soul, Knowyourrights.lk , iLead, YouthVote, Human Rights Friendly Cities, Rock the City, Green Girls are a few campaigns of the road to rights to addresses different social issues in achieving peace and development.

What is a human rights-based approach?

A human rights-based approach is a conceptual framework for the process of human development that is normatively based on international human rights standards and operationally directed to promoting and protecting human rights. It seeks to analyse inequalities which lie at the heart of development problems and redress discriminatory practices and unjust distributions of power that impede development progress.

Mere charity is not enough from a human rights perspective. Under a human rights-based approach, the plans, policies and processes of development are anchored in a system of rights and corresponding obligations established by international law. This helps to promote the sustainability of development work, empowering people themselves— especially the most marginalized—to participate in policy formulation and hold accountable those who have a duty to act.

Why Human Rights Education?

Human rights are the rights that every person is entitled to simply by virtue of being human. At the root of the human rights concept is the idea that all people should be able to live with dignity. Violations of our human rights amount to denials of our basic humanity. There were many important people throughout history that contributed to the notion and understanding of human rights. Plato believed in universal truth and virtue. This idea has continued on to become universalism that human rights are universal, and as such are above the laws of individual states.

It’s time people come together and educate themselves and the youth in the basic human rights. These rights were set forth by the United Nations in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The purpose of the Human Rights Walk is to unite people in these rights and make them a reality. Through education, we can end a war, discrimination and intolerance. Yet 61 years on, these rights are still not being used for teachings in most of the schools around the world. The youth, and people, no matter of their age group, still don't know their 30 Human Rights.

30 Human Rights

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17 Global Goals

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HR based Approach

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About the Founder

Ashan Perera

Ashan Perera is a youth leader and has led his own youth movements for 16 years from the age of 8. Serving his community, working with the underprivileged and taking Sri Lanka out to the world through the work he has been doing, has been Ashans mission thus far. Ashan’s effort has been incessant since a very young age which has been his calling, to choose this path to serve humanity that has not gone un-noticed. He commenced this journey by driving a vision that led him to form his first ‘Club’ as a young boy in his back yard, and from there on evolved over time to reach its present status, conducting his work under the name ‘The Road to Rights’. The organization encompasses all that is required to contribute to his work, which focuses on Value Based Education.

Ashan is an advocate of many inspiring programs pertaining to the ‘Rights’ of youth. His sensitivity towards his opinion of how he sees ‘Human Rights’ is NOT about Violation and Violence but pursues to find various avenues to contribute to the future of his generation, built upon meaningful VALUES that would be accessible and serve the Humanitarian needs of others. He believes that these are the tools that we should also use to empower and be empowered, and through his work find ways that would contribute to Children, Youth, World Peace, Human Rights, and Humanitarian& Voluntary Services.

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Advisors and Directors

Mr. Ravi Karkara – Global Youth Advisor

Ravi Karkara is a trained social worker with commitment to advance human rights, participation, inclusion and gender equality, accountability and social justice. He serves as a Senior Adviser Strategic Partnership & Advocacy to the Assistant Secretary-General/Deputy Executive Director of UN-Women. He has worked with several organizations on gender mainstreaming with a specific focus on children, youth, women - UN Women, UNICEF, Save the Children among others -successfully advocating the role of boys and men in gender equality from a life-cycle and gender transformative approach. He is also the recipient of prestigious NOVUS Award, that unites global shapers from around the world to tackle the today's grand challenges via actionable change.

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Bruce Ferguson – Global Coordinator and Partnerships – Mentor

Bruce Ferguson, Founder and Executive Director of Ferguson Humanitarian Foundation International, Inc. (more commonly known as FHFI).

Bruce was born, in San Francisco, high on a hill, in mid summer of 1953 and shortly thereafter moved to India with his mother in 1957 at the age of 4½. He and his mother lived in India for the following 10 years. Bruce’s mother taught at a Christian boarding school, Woodstock School, high in the Himalayas, still ranked as one of the best preparatory schools in the world.


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Proffesor andré de quadros –
Advisor , Director Art for Peace and Development (senses and Soul)

André de Quadros, conductor, ethnomusicologist, music educator, writer, and human rights activist has conducted and undertaken research in over forty countries around the globe.

A sought after conductor and clinician, André de Quadros is Music Director and Conductor of the Manado State University Choir (Indonesia) with which he toured France, Sweden, Sri Lanka, and Poland in 2010 winning a first prize at the Warsaw International Competition, and in summer 2012 took the US by storm at the Yale International Choral Festival, New York City's River to River Festival, and engagements in Boston, Cincinnati, and Los Angeles. Upcoming engagements for MSUC include appearances at the Choralies festival in the south of France in August 2013 and the World Symposium on Choral Music in Korea in 2014. De Quadros’s previous conducting engagements of note include the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Bulgaria with which he toured Spain, the Massachusetts All-State Chorus (USA), the Tanglewood Institute Young Artists Orchestra (USA), the Prokofiev Symphony Orchestra (Ukraine), the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain, the Nusantara Chamber Orchestra (Indonesia), the Moscow State Radio Symphony Orchestra, the New Monash Orchestra, and the Jauna Muzika Choir (Lithuania).

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Haadia Galley – The Coordinator – Mentor