By Tina Korte
Tina is one of AIDemocracy’s 2010-2011 Issue Analysts. Find out more about Tina below or take a look at the  Student Issue Analysts.

Scores of individuals assume that young people lack concern for events transpiring outside their frame of reference. Could this be due, in part, to the sparse media attention globally-minded young people receive for their efforts to promote a world where sustainable human development is possible for all?

Ironically, young people are more informed than ever. We are global citizens and dream about a day when human rights are granted to and preserved for everyone. We sit at coffee shops, receive breaking news updates, and discuss world issues with our peers using social media. We want to learn, explore, and immerse ourselves in regions where conflict is present and protection of human rights is absent. We imagine how we can support people whose governments fail to their protect human rights, and we question why these atrocities continue to occur without intervention from the international community.

We are mindful that we may not become CEO’s or millionaires, nor will we grace the cover of Time magazine under the heading “most influential people,” but we will positively affect the lives of people whose voices and words have been lost, unwritten, or silenced. We will share their stories with the community, and those who read our publications will inevitably become better-informed citizens. We will uphold the “Never Again” pledge but will refuse to allow “Yet Again” to appear in anything but history books. When we succeed, genocide and ethnic cleansing will be taught as past events that demonstrate the rare but sometimes present malevolent human spirit.

We have read the books and listened to numerous history lessons that speak of failure. Nothing will inspire us to be globally-minded young people who act, think, and advocate more than the failures of past leaders and the international community to ensure that human rights were always defended.

Tina Korte is pursuing a Master of Arts in International Relations with an emphasis in Conflict Resolution from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas. Her interest in human rights stems from her admiration for the perseverance of the human spirit and her desire to ensure that those whose rights are violated are given a voice.  She believes that young people are more aware than ever about the violations of human rights and through our conversations we spread awareness to the international community which hopefully will prevent future atrocities.

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