Human Rights Day

December 2, 2019

On December 10 we join with organizations around the world in celebrating Human Rights Day. Since it was declared in 1950 by the United Nations (UN) General Assembly, Human Rights Day has served to draw global attention to -and celebrate- the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which outlines a broad range of civil, political, social, cultural and economic rights. The Universal Declaration served as the model for our own Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

This year, the theme for Human Rights Day is "Youth Standing Up for Human Rights". 2019 marked the 30th anniversary celebrations of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. The plan with this year's theme is to capitalize on the current momentum and spotlight the leadership role of youth in collective movements as a source of inspiration for a better future. The campaign is designed to encourage, galvanize, and showcase how youth all over the world stand up for rights and against racism, hate speech, bullying, discrimination, and climate change, to name a few.

To find a variety of 2019 campaign materials, please click here.

One of ONA's fundamental tasks is to promote -and protect- the human rights of our members, staff, and all Ontarians. You can learn about the work of our Human Rights & Equity Team here.

Learn More

Learn about the history of Human Rights Day from the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.

Click here to find the latest news and resources from ONA’s Human Rights & Equity Team.

Keep up to date with the latest human rights developments in Ontario with the Ontario Human Rights Commission.

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