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International Human Rights Day: Human rights are everyone’s rights, everywhere

Today we recognize International Human Rights Day.  Every December 10th since 1948, people have stood in solidarity against human rights violations in all forms.

In Canada we are fortunate to be living in a country where we have a legislated Human Rights Code and a Charter of Rights and Freedoms which is built into our constitution. 

Much of the world sees us as a country that defends human rights, but let us remind ourselves that it is due to each and every person who values human rights that we are able to create the society we live in which is envied around the world. 

As Canadians it is important that we do not take those rights and protections for granted and to take steps to ensure that these rights do not become diminished or restricted but instead strengthened.  

The BCGEU has and will continue to defend human rights for everyone.  We all live in this world together and we all must treat each other with respect, understanding and with equality. 

We must continue to hold governments around the world, including our own various levels of government, accountable for their actions and or lack of action. 

We must commit to defend the rights of immigrants, refugees, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ, indigenous peoples, everyone who is vulnerable or at risk of discrimination, racism, violence, or any form of violation against a person’s human rights. 

 “It’s time for each of us to step up for human rights. There is no action that is too small: wherever you are, you can make a difference. Together, let’s take a stand for more humanity.”
Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein -- 
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

If you are a member of an equity seeking group*, the BCGEU would like to encourage you to click here and join our Equity and Human Rights network.             

We also encourage you to visit the webpage for our International Solidarity committee which supports workers around the world.

*Equity seeking groups include: workers of colour, Aboriginal workers, workers with disabilities or LGBTQ workers.