“It’s time to change course.” – Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights
10 December marks the 68th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, adopted shortly after WWII. Human Rights are inalienable, indivisible and non-discriminatory, and must be upheld by states and their institutions. We the people must in turn, continue to voice our support for fundamental freedoms of all individuals or groups, and keep our policy makers adherent to these wishes. At this juncture of humanity we face an ever growing pressure to harness an increasingly globalized world for the betterment of all.
The streets of our cities are not insulated from discrimination and racism. We continue to be confronted with the insidious challenges of intolerance and discrimination, and as compassionate citizens we must combat them.
UNACTO is marked Human Rights Day 2016 with a special panel discussion, Combating Discrimination & Racism in the 21st Century, on 14 December. The panel discussion looked at recognizing and solving inequalities at the local level and within our ever-evolving global community.
Andrea Migone, Director of Research and Outreach at IPAC
Dr. Rupa Banerjee, Associate Professor of Human Resource Management and Organizational Behaviour at Ryerson University
Commissionaire Rabia Khedr, Ontario Human Rights Commission, appointed September 2016