December 10, 2017
On December 10, 1948, the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. 70 years later, the underlying values and principles remain not only universally relevant, but absolutely crucial to the ongoing struggle for social and economic justice and human dignity. Human rights are the rights that give meaning to the universal truth that every human being is of equal worth.
Despite this, challenges to the fundamental status of these rights persist across the globe, in nation-states, in times of war and in times of peace, in institutions and cities and rural areas, and in workplaces. International Human Rights Day is a reminder that inequity, intolerance, discrimination, exclusion, and hatred threaten us all. It is a reminder of our shared humanity and of the necessity of standing up not just for ourselves, but for those most in need. Wherever they are challenged, it is our responsibility to offer a collective response.
Unifor is committed to asserting, promoting and defending human rights. The union’s social justice fund engages in this important work in Canada and across the globe. By providing humanitarian relief in times of crisis and by supporting organizations that are working to end discriminatory treatment, including that of Indigenous children, Unifor offers its solidarity to human rights defenders……………