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December 9, 2016

HUMAN RIGHTS DAY December 10th

CEIU observes Human Rights Day every year on December 10th, as we commemorate the day on which, in 1948, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Accordingly, on December 10th we reflect on human rights in Canada and around the world.

Human Rights Day is a call to everyone to stand up for one’s rights. Many of us are fearful about the way the world is heading. Disrespect for basic human rights continues to be wide-spread in all parts of the globe. Extremist movements subject people to horrific violence. Messages of intolerance and hatred prey on our fears. Human values are under attack.

I believe the time now is for us to stand together in solidarity. We the people in every walk of life can take a stand for our rights. And together, we can take a stand for more humanity. Each of us can and should step forward to defend the rights of a refugee or migrant, First Nations/Métis/Inuit, Members with Disabilities, Gays, Lesbians, Bisexuals and Transgendered Persons, Racially Visible, a woman, a child, or anyone else at risk of discrimination or violence.

 

When human rights are not well known and understood, abuses such as discrimination, intolerance, injustice and oppression can unfortunately arise. From a Human Rights perspective, every person has the right to respect, dignity and equality and the right to not be discriminated in their communities, workplaces and union. Human rights are universal.

 

We need to continue our focus on how to eliminate unjust harassment of the innocent and one way to pursue this endeavour is by virtue of getting engaged.

 

In our workplace, we sometimes face challenges from a Human Rights perspective i.e. mental health and invisible disability. When we struggle with these challenges and suffer silently, we are slowly destroying ourselves. We must take courage to explore our options; there is no better way than self-identifying and reaching out for answers by participating in Union events.

 

In solidarity,

Sebastian Rodrigues
Deputy Trustee-Human Rights &
Deputy Trustee Ontario Region

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