Human Rights Day

December 8, 2020

Human Rights Day 2020

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 "Recover Better - Stand Up for Human Rights". The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted inequities in society that directly impact health. In her Human Rights Day message, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet, says that gaps in respecting human rights have made all of society more vulnerable. "If anyone is at risk, everyone is at risk."

As we look towards recovery and rebuilding, we need to ensure that human rights are central to our efforts. "We will reach our common global goals only if we are able to create equal opportunities for all, address the failures exposed and exploited by COVID-19, and apply human rights standards to tackle entrenched, systematic, and intergenerational inequalities, exclusion and discrimination." Human Rights Day gives us the opportunity to show solidarity in the fight to protect human rights and end discrimination and inequity here in Canada, and around the world.

Click here to access 2020 campaign materials.

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.

If you’re an ONA member who would like to be more involved in our Human Rights and Equity work, fill out our Expression of Interest Form and let us know if you’re interested in joining our Provincial Human Rights and Equity Team or our new Anti-Racism Member Advisory Team.

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.