Sept. 25, 2008
FREDERICTON (CNB) - High-school students are being invited to participate in a forum on human rights, coinciding with the 60th anniversary of the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The forum, called Born Free, will be held Saturday, Oct. 25, at St. Thomas University.
The forum is aimed at grade 11 and 12 students and is being organized by the New Brunswick Human Rights Commission and the Atlantic Human Rights Centre at St. Thomas University.
The registration fee is $25. Students should register by Friday, Oct. 10, preferably sooner. Students are responsible for their transportation and accommodation. However, lunch and nutritional breaks will be provided. Youth who wish to participate may find information to register at the New Brunswick Human Rights Commission's website, www.gnb.ca/hrc-cdp.
"The forum will be a great opportunity for youth of New Brunswick to learn more about human rights," said Gordon Porter, chair of the New Brunswick Human Rights Commission. "We expect to have students from throughout the province, including recent immigrants from various cultural backgrounds. This will be an opportunity for the participants to learn about other cultures and about human rights issues locally and at the international level."
The goal is to help youth become familiar with human rights and to discuss the issues with youth from different parts of New Brunswick.
Most of the activities will be organized by the youths. Experts will be present to share their knowledge with the participants.
"Young people represent the future of human rights," said Michael McGowan, director of the human rights program at St. Thomas University. "A number of the sessions will focus on what young people have been doing to advance human rights education and advocacy. We hope that the participants will be inspired to take action to promote human rights through local, regional and global efforts."
Young people are also invited to visit the new youth-oriented website about human rights at www.takingitglobal.org/themes/udhr60/. The website examines the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
MEDIA CONTACT: Elizabeth Joubert, New Brunswick Human Rights Commission, 506-444-3207.