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.
- Join the Standing Up for Human Rights Campaign
- Write for Rights with Amnesty International
- Get involved with Youth for Human Rights
- Visit the Canadian Human Rights Museum Calendar of events
- Sign-up for our updates to learn more about HRI’s new resources on human rights in Canada!
Support #Humanrights on Dec 10 #HRDay and #Standup4humanrights