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HUMAN RIGHTS ANNIVERSARY OF UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS--GOVERNMENT'S RECOGNITION - Commons Debates

 

Mr. Jim Peterson (Willowdale): Mr. Speaker, my question is directed to the Secretary of State. This year marks the thirty-fifth anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. I wonder if the Secretary of State could inform the House what Canada`s plans are to recognize this very important anniversary.

Hon. Serge Joyal (Secretary or State): Mr. Speaker, taking into account that this year marks the thirty-fifth anniversary of the United Nations Human Rights Declaration

Some Hon. Members: Oh, oh!

Mr, Joyal: If Hon. Members would listen, they would learn something. We called a federal-provincial-territorial conference last September which was attended by all Provinces and was a tremendous success. It outlined the notion of emerging rights in our country. Moreover, there opened this morning a coalition of more than 53 national organizations working in the field of human rights which is trying to promote in Canada thc teaching and better understanding of the notions of human rights. and to involve Canadians with the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. We have agreed to celebrate that anniversary because no meaningful rights exist unless national organizations exercise continual vigilance in order to have those rights respected by each Canadian.