"Where, after all do universal human rights begin? In small places, close to home -- so close and so small that they cannot be seen on any maps of the world. Unless these rights have meaning there, they have little meaning anywhere. Without concerted citizen action to uphold them close to home, we shall look in vain for progress in the larger world." Eleanor Roosevelt
Human Rights Day is observed every year on December 10th – the day the United Nations General Assembly adopted, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948. This year, Human Rights Day is focusing on “how rights are the beginning of peace within societies, and a way to create a fairer society for future generations.’’
- 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.
CEIU (Canada Employment and Immigration Union) stands up for the human rights of all, in our workplaces and in society. As a union, equity and justice for all is an important part of our values.
Due to hate crimes, many people from marginalized groups continue to face threats and violence. Violence against women, LGBT2Q+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Two-Spirit, Queer and additional identities) communities, as well as racialized and Indigenous people, continue to prevail in our society. This includes injustice and discrimination faced by people who have a visible or invisible disability.
Human rights principles hold up the vision of a free, just, and peaceful world. As a society, we should not accept injustice against human rights in any shape or form.
In solidarity and with respect,
CEIU National Vice President-Human Rights