Alberta Human Rights Information Service December 4, 2012

Celebrate and Protect Human Rights

Human Rights Day is December 10, 2012: My Voice Counts

         

December 10, 2012 marks the 64th anniversary of the United Nations' signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948. For the first time in history, the Declaration set out fundamental human rights to be universally protected and it provided a common standard of achievement for all peoples and nations.

The United Nations (UN) 2012 theme for Human Rights Day, My Voice Counts, encourages inclusion and recognizes the right for all citizens to participate in public life. The campaign pays tribute to the need for all voices to be heard and for all citizens to be included in the development of the public policies and business decisions that affect them. 

On Human Rights Day, we celebrate our accomplishments and re-commit to the work still to be done to ensure that every person's rights are fully protected. Albertans are encouraged to reflect on our individual roles in protecting and promoting human rights and join communities across the globe in celebrating the importance of human rights. This day is an opportunity to think about how all citizens can be better included within their communities and have their voices heard.

Counting down to Human Rights Day 2012, the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights has launched the Google+Hangout series with four "hangouts" scheduled on November 22, 30, December 4, and 10, 2012. You can read more about the hangouts in the news release. The celebrations leading up to Human Rights Day will also include the Forum on Business and Human Rights in Geneva from December 3 to 5, 2012. Follow along on Facebook or make your #VoiceCount by participating in the Twitter campaign. 

Human Rights Day events

Alberta Civil Liberties Research Centre (November 29, 2012) 
Geeta Bharadia, QC, Acting Chief of the Commission and Tribunals, Alberta Human Rights Commission, spoke at the annual Human Rights Day event at the Alberta Civil Liberties Research Centre at the University of Calgary. Participants visited the information booth event hosted by the Commission to learn more about human rights and the programs and services offered by the Commission.

Calgary Centre for Culture, Equity and Diversity (December 6, 2012) 
Blair Mason, Chief of the Commission and Tribunals, Alberta Human Rights Commission, will bring greetings to guests attending Get a Handle on Hate: Join the Conversation at the Calgary Centre for Culture, Equity and Diversity.

The Gall Conference (December 10, 2012) 
"In memory of the late Gerald L. Gall, one of the founding fathers of the John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human Rights, the Gall Conference  will provide a forum for critical conversation on the state of human rights in Alberta. Marking the 40th anniversary of the
 Alberta Bill of Rights and the Individual's Rights Protection Act (IRPA), as well as the 30th anniversary of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, this conference will explore the current realities of human rights, existing barriers and opportunities, possible solutions and recommendations for improvement in the province." (From the John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human Rights website.)

The Commission's Senior Legal Counsel, Audrey Dean, is participating in a panel discussion at the
conference. The panel discussion, The State of Women in Alberta, will highlight the most critical issues facing the rights of women in Alberta. You can read more about all of the conference sessions.

Human Rights Award Gala (December 10, 2012)
"
The Human Rights Awards, an annual event that's part of our Human Rights City Edmonton initiative, celebrates the individuals, groups and organizations working hard in Edmonton to promote a community where all are included and live in dignity. Taking place on December 10th, the evening of International Human Rights Day, we're excited to present Premier Alison Redford as keynote speaker ."
(From the John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human Rights website.)

City of Calgary (December 10, 2012)
Geeta Bharadia, QC, Full-time Member of the Commission/
Acting Chief of the Commission and Tribunals, Alberta Human Rights Commission, will bring greetings to guests attending the Human Rights Day event hosted by the City of Calgary. Participants can visit the information booth hosted by the Commission to learn more about human rights and the programs and services offered by the Commission.

Read more  about these events as well as other events held throughout Alberta to celebrate Human Rights Day.

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