March 19, 2009
FREDERICTON (CNB) - Following is a statement by Gordon L. Porter, chair of the New Brunswick Human Rights Commission, on the International Day of Elimination of Racial Discrimination, Saturday, March 21:
March 21 is the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. This day was declared by the United Nations in 1966 as a call to the international community to redouble its efforts to eliminate all forms of racial discrimination.
On this day, I would like to remind all of us that racial and ethnic minorities constitute a growing proportion of our population, and that we all have a role to play in welcoming people from around the world to our communities.
Immigrants need to be able to find jobs and housing and to receive health, education and other services without discrimination and harassment, and they need to feel welcome in our communities. These are very much human rights concerns.
The New Brunswick Human Rights Commission has developed a strategy to make the links between immigration and human rights. The commission is developing partnerships with multicultural and settlement organizations to ensure that newcomers are aware of their human rights, and that businesses are aware of the business case for diversity and human rights best practices.
On March 21, I would like to acknowledge the tremendous work of the multicultural and other organizations that help immigrants to settle in New Brunswick, and I invite New Brunswickers to celebrate the growing diversity of this province.