The Universal Declaration of Human Rights turns 70

Let’s stand up for equality, justice and human dignity

Human Rights Day is observed every year on 10 December – the day the United Nations General Assembly adopted, in 1948, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This year, Human Rights Day kicks off a year-long campaign to mark the upcoming 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a milestone document that proclaimed the inalienable rights which everyone is inherently entitled to as a human being -- regardless of race, colour, religion, sex, language, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. It is the most translated document in the world, available in more than 500 languages.

Drafted by representatives of diverse legal and cultural backgrounds from all regions of the world, the Declaration sets out universal values and a common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations. It establishes the equal dignity and worth of every person. Thanks to the Declaration, and States’ commitments to its principles, the dignity of millions has been uplifted and the foundation for a more just world has been laid. While its promise is yet to be fully realized, the very fact that it has stood the test of time is testament to the enduring universality of its perennial values of equality, justice and human dignity.

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights empowers us all. The principles enshrined in the Declaration are as relevant today as they were in 1948. We need to stand up for our own rights and those of others. We can take action in our own daily lives, to uphold the rights that protect us all and thereby promote the kinship of all human beings.   


§ The Universal Declaration of Human Rights empowers us all.

§ Human rights are relevant to all of us, every day.

§ Our shared humanity is rooted in these universal values.

§ Equality, justice and freedom prevent violence and sustain peace.

§ Whenever and wherever humanity's values are abandoned, we all are at greater risk.

We need to stand up for our rights and those of others.

Discussion with Dan Weaver - "What is the Role of Evidence and Scientists in a Democracy?"

On December 9th at OISE, Dan Weaver gave us an excellent talk on the current state of scientific input into public policy decisions in Canada and the important effort Evidence for Democracy is making to persuade our government to act based on evidence.

The following are some key take-aways from his presentation:
1. Politicians listen to people. Emails, phone calls, letters, signing petitions and showing up at your MP's office during key decision times can sway their opinions.
2. Respond to the Government survey Go Canada Your Budget 2018
and ensure Science funding is one of your indicated priorities.
3. Follow Evidence for Democracy on Twitter @E4Dca and amplify their messages by retweeting
4. Support Evidence for Democracy's important advocacy work in whatever way you can
5. Watch Silence of the Labs, a great Fifth Estate documentary on science suppression in Canada

Thanks to the many attendees of this great event and to Dan Weaver for being such an amazing speaker!

Syrian Refugee Update

Almost two years after HAT initiated its refugee sponsorship project, the family we are helping arrived in Toronto in late July. Through the Friends of Music and Art, the larger group with which we partnered, HAT members have provided clothing and furnishing as well as money. The family, a professional couple with a 2-year-old child, is reportedly eager to settle in and has spent their first month getting to know the city better. They are due to move into their apartment September 1st. We hope to meet them in person soon afterward. Thanks to all HAT members who donated to our campaign. The Steering Committee will be dicussing in the near future our next campaign. Those members who have a suggestion, please send an email to our Coordinator for discussion.




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