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December 10, 2015

HUMAN RIGHTS – DAY December 10th

On December 10th we reflect on human rights in Canada and around the world. The day commemorates the United Nations 1948 adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.


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.

In my opinion, Human Rights should not be viewed from the lenses of religious views or from various political perspectives as human sanctity is pure and innocent i.e. every man, woman and child deserves the basic rights to exist in a non-toxic environment regardless of their religious or political views.

Looking back in history, we know that human rights were not afforded the consideration it deserves to protect the innocent. This lack of consideration is still prevalent today as we continue to witness the killing of innocent men, women and children. CEIU extends our heartfelt sympathies to the affected victims and their families.

We need to focus on how to eliminate unjust harassment of the innocent and one way to pursue this endeavour is by virtue of Diversity. On this note, our new Prime Minister, Mr. Trudeau, made an attempt to show Canadians and to the world, diversity in Canada. He recently published a photograph of his cabinet and confidently made the statement, “this is what Canada looks like”. Most obvious in the photograph was the almost 50% women component, but the photograph also reflected another unique feature; his choice of GLBT (Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgender) racially visible, aboriginal and persons living with physical disability that were selected for key positions in his cabinet. This is a great example for all of us, we can only build on this and disseminate Mr. Trudeau’s ideology into our Union, workplaces and into our community.

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 via the Never Alone website and reaching out for answers by participating in Union events.

The NEVE ALONE website was introduced by your CEIU National HRRR (Human Rights Race Relations) Committee members to assist members and encourage self-identification. Please take a moment to hear their views and who they represent HERE.

In solidarity,
Sebastian Rodrigues – CEIU NVP-Human Rights

The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity.” –Amelia Earhart

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