The UN General Assembly proclaimed Dec. 10 as Human Rights Day in 1950, to bring to the attention ‘of the peoples of the world’ the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, adopted in 1948 as the common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations.
Human rights are inherent to all human beings, whatever our nationality, place of residence, gender, national or ethnic origin, religion, language, or any other status. Nelson Mandela said "to deny people their human rights is to challenge their very humanity”.
At the individual level, while we are entitled our human rights, we should also respect the human rights of others. How have Canadians’ ideas of human rights evolved over time? Change begins when someone believes that they are being treated unfairly, and then decides to take action.