International Human Rights Day: December 10th

December 11, 2008, 11:09 AM EST


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December 10th is International Human Rights Day - a day when all Canadians are asked to reflect on the importance of protecting and enhancing human rights, including labour rights and the right to strike.

This year marks the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the first international document that recognized human rights as critical to building a better future for all.  It outlines 30 basic rights that all human beings need to achieve their potential and to live free of fear and recrimination.

The Declaration was originally drafted in part by Canadian scholar John Humphrey and provided a foundation for the Canadian Human Rights Act. It was adopted by the United Nations in 1948 and is considered one of the UN's first major accomplishments.

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