On December 10, 1948, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), a trend-setting international human rights document that recognizes the inherent dignity and human rights of all persons, and has been the foundational text for aspirations of freedom, justice, equity, and peace around the world.
Today we live in a global order that is governed by international human rights covenants and treaties and national human rights laws, all of which take inspiration from the founding principles articulated in the UDHR.
Every year, Human Rights Day is celebrated internationally on December 10 to raise awareness and mobilize calls to action for upholding the rights and freedoms enshrined in the UDHR.
Everyone can play an important role in the promotion of equality and fairness, underlying principles of both the UDHR and the New Brunswick Human Rights Act. You can participate in this cause by:
- Recognizing that we are all human beings with unique abilities and needs.
- Being aware of your own rights and of your responsibility to respect the rights of others.
- Avoiding stereotypes based on race, sex, disability, gender, class, nationality, etc.
- Accommodating the special needs of others whenever and wherever possible.
- Speaking out against discriminatory comments and conduct.
- Supporting those who are discriminated against.
- Being constantly aware of the need to ensure equality of opportunity and fairness in your day-to-day dealings and interactions.
The UDHR empowers us all, and human rights promise a fair, equitable, and just society for all.
Here is what you can do to acknowledge, uphold, and celebrate human rights.