Human Rights Commission

New human rights website for youth (08/09/08)

NB 1288

Sept. 8, 2008

FREDERICTON (CNB) - A new, interactive website has been established to encourage young Canadians to learn more about human rights. The website was developed in commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Targeted to Canadians aged 18 to 35, the website was developed by the Canadian Association of Statutory Human Rights Agencies (CASHRA), in collaboration with TakingITGlobal and the John Peters Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human Rights. CASHRA is the national association of Canada's government agencies charged with administering federal, provincial and territorial human rights legislation.

"The ideal of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights is a light for all people," said CASHRA President Mary Pat Short. "Human rights activists are the sparks who keep the torch of that ideal burning. How brightly that light burns in the future depends on today's youth, with their talent, creativity, intelligence and optimism. It is our hope that this website will feed the flames of their knowledge, passion and commitment, and they will carry the torch of human rights courageously and help make the world a better place for all people."

The website provides information about human rights issues and the legislative frameworks that enforce human rights. It also includes tips for youth about how to become involved in promoting and protecting human rights. Interactive features on the website include discussion boards, an online art gallery and calls to action.

Young New Brunswickers will have the chance to learn more about human rights at a youth forum on Saturday, Oct. 25, to be held at the University of Saint Thomas in Fredericton. The forum will be held by the New Brunswick Human Rights Commission and the Atlantic Human Rights Centre.

"This new website is a great tool to inform young New Brunswickers about human rights and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights," said Gordon Porter, chair of the New Brunswick Human Rights Commission. "It is also a great start for youth interested in attending the youth forum to learn more about human rights."

To view the website, visit: www.takingitglobal.org/themes/udhr60. For more information about the New Brunswick Human Rights Commission, visit www.gnb.ca/hrc-cdp/index-e.asp.

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MEDIA CONTACT: Elizabeth Joubert, communications, New Brunswick Human Rights Commission, 506-444-3207.

08/09/08