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 “Standing Up for Someone’s Rights”: 2016 International Human Rights Day

December 2016

In the face of increasing conflict, violence and harassment in Canada and around the world, the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) is calling on people to “stand up for someone’s rights” on December 10th, International Human Rights Day.

Human Rights Day is dedicated to celebrating the adoption of the Universal Human Rights Declaration (UHRD) in 1948. The UHRD sets out fundamental human rights. It was drafted in the aftermath of World War II, to recognize the “inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family”, as the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world.

Since then, a number of human rights treaties have been established, such as the International Convention on Civil and Political Rights, the International Convention on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, and many more. To see a complete list of the treaties that Canada has agreed to incorporate into our laws and legislation visit the OHCHR interactive dashboard.

Human Rights in Canada are protected by a robust framework of legislation. From the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and the Canadian Human Rights Act, to provincial and territorial human rights legislation, each is grounded on the fundamental human rights set out in the UHRD.

This year on Dec. 10th, “Stand Up for Someone’s Rights”. Learn more about human rights in Canada or find an event near you to celebrate International Human Rights Day:

Support #Humanrights on Dec 10 #HRDay and #Standup4humanrights