Dec. 5, 2008
FREDERICTON (CNB) - The following statement was issued today by Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour Minister Donald Arseneault, in recognition of International Human Rights Day, Dec. 10, 2008.
It was 60 years ago that the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted and proclaimed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. As minister responsible for the human rights commission, I would especially like to acknowledge Hampton's John Peters Humphrey, one of the principal authors of this piece of history.
On International Human Rights Day, Canada joins many nations around the world in recognizing this historic milestone in the goal of human rights for all.
While we take pride in our accomplishments, this day also shows us that there is still work to be done. Injustice and the denial of basic human rights are a reality for many men, women, and children in today's world.
As a government minister and a resident of this great province, I look to honour the legacy of Dr. Humphrey by joining New Brunswickers and people around the world in speaking out against human rights injustices. Together we must send a message of universal respect and acceptance.
New Brunswick's diverse range of cultures and linguistic groups is something that we can truly take pride in. As we work toward our goal of self-sufficiency, let us reflect on the rights and freedoms we have here in New Brunswick. It is these rights that allow us to realize our full potential as a safe, just province.
The New Brunswick Human Rights Commission has continuously worked to improve the rights of New Brunswickers by improving the process of handling complaints relating to discrimination. This year, it has started an intervention process to address human rights complaints in a more timely manner. It has also organized a forum to engage youth in human rights, and helped organize a national conference to address the needs of disabled students.
I commend the Human Rights Commission for its dedication and valuable work in the promotion and advancement of human rights in New Brunswick. Today, I am happy to commemorate International Human Rights Day with all New Brunswickers.
MEDIA CONTACT: Sheri Strickland, Department of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour, 506-453-8617.