Humanity in Action is an international non-profit which aims to instill the values of human dignity and moral responsibility for the protection of the rights of minorities in a new generation of social, cultural, and political leaders by:
Engaging student leaders in histories of resistance to institutionalized violations of minority rights in democratic countries Promoting the growth and development of young professionals dedicated to protecting human dignity and the rights of minorities Building a multi-national, intergenerational network of present and emerging leaders in diverse professional fields who share these commitments HIA believes that an important test of a genuine democracy is how it treats its minorities, and that the commitment to democratic values and the protection of minorities cannot be taken for granted in the United States and Europe.
Therefore, HIA seeks to engage younger generations in histories of resistance and to inspire them to fulfill their moral responsibilities to protect those in danger from institutionalize violations of minority rights. It seeks to strengthen the commitment of American and European university students to democratic values and foster their knowledge of resistance to intolerance—past and present.
The Holocaust, the most devastating example of human failure in the denial of rights to minorities, is the historical starting point for HIA. But HIA moves beyond the pathology of evil to explore the little studied norms of decency and human triumphs. Examples of moral rectitude and courage are central to all HIA inquiries. Concentrating on historic and contemporary examples of protection of minorities, HIA seeks to identify the conditions under which people act according to the highest principles, and to encourage university students to become morally responsive citizens.
from: Humanity in Action
On the 26th of November a diverse group of Dutch youth of different backgrounds, cultures, religions and interests between the age of 16 and 25 gathered under the umbrella of the Humanity in Action Youth think-tank for Wat Nou?!, Never Again?!, (What do you mean?! Never again?!). The purpose of this gathering was to discuss, listen, share information and more importantly reach a compromise with each other. This compromise took the form of a manifesto regarding the Holocaust Memorial Day in 2010. While their group included Dutch, new Dutch and descendants of the Second World War victims, HIA considered these differences were less relevant than their shared perspective. HIA embraced the unifying term generation 2.0 to describe the entire group. HIA emphasizes that when it comes to humanity they are one, and therefore must act as one.