12 December 2011
Updated 14 May 2012

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Remembering 6303 Fallen Troops - Human Rights Day 2011

6,303 U.S. service members have died in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom:

Faces of the Fallen: Washington Post.

H-II Stephen Michael Apatow, founder of Humanitarian Resource Institute and the United Nations Arts Initiative  is calling on our nation to remember our troops, who place their life on the line to defend the United States and members of the international community, so we can live in freedom, peace and security.  As an Advocate and Educator in Operational Security for Special Forces Troops for Humanitarian Operations,  he emphasizes the importance of U.S., NATO and UN Peacekeeping forces in the War Against Terrorism and global threat presented by conventional weapons and weapons of mass destruction (CBRN).

Human Rights Day 2011 [1]

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) [2] was adopted on 10 December 1948. The date has since served to mark Human Rights Day worldwide. The High Commissioner for Human Rights, [3] as the main UN rights official, and her Office play a major role in coordinating efforts for the yearly observance of Human Rights Day. 

In support of these efforts, the Humanitarian Intervention Initiative was developed in collaboration with Humanitarian Resource Institute and the United Nations Arts Initiative to support Human Rights through Arts Integration Into Education  initiatives across the globe.

"Non Lethal Fires"  hearts and minds encompasses the new international strategic focus for Humanitarian Intervention with an objective of ending or reducing the suffering that is the result of civil war, humanitarian crisis, or crimes of genocide. The goal of humanitarian intervention is minimization of the suffering of civilians in a particular state in accordance with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR).

The Declaration was explicitly adopted for the purpose of defining the meaning of the words "fundamental freedoms" and "human rights" appearing in the United Nations Charter, which is binding on all member states. For this reason, the Universal Declaration is a fundamental constitutive document of the United Nations. The 1968 United Nations International Conference on Human Rights advised that it "constitutes an obligation for the members of the international community" to all persons. The declaration has served as the foundation for two binding UN human rights covenants, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights [4] and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights [5] and the principles of the Declaration are elaborated in international treaties such as the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, the International Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women, the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, the United Nations Convention Against Torture and many more.

The focus of the H-II project is global exposure, strategic planning, development, engagement and stabilization of humanitarian emergencies. This spotlight targets the vulnerable in efforts to engage an immediate international response.  The Humanitarian Intervention Initiative is on the web at:


Country Reports

2010 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices 
Naval Postgraduate School Center for Homeland Defense and Security, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's National Preparedness Directorate, FEMA.

This collection of reports provide detailed information on human rights in countries throughout the world. including those places where protests have been ongoing such as Syria, Bahrain, and Yemen. The reports cover internationally recognized individual, civil, political, and worker rights, as set forth in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.


  1. Human Rights Day 2011:  United Nations. Url: http://www.un.org/en/events/humanrightsday/2011/about.shtml
  2. Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR): United Nations. Url: http://www.un.org/en/documents/udhr/
  3. High Commissioner for Human Rights: United Nations. Url: http://www.ohchr.org/EN/AboutUs/Pages/HighCommissioner.aspx
  4. International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights:  United Nations Human Rights. Url: http://www2.ohchr.org/english/law/ccpr.htm
  5. International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights: United Nations Human Rights. Url: http://www2.ohchr.org/english/law/cescr.htm 9: 2010 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices: U.S. State Department. Url: http://www.state.gov/g/drl/rls/hrrpt/2010/


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