Celebrating your human rights

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At the Y

As Christmas draws near, the themes of giving and togetherness are at heart of all celebrations. We enjoy spending time with the people we love.

We are allowed to choose where and who we want to spend our holidays with. This is a right that many of us take for granted.

What if we were unable to celebrate the holidays because of religious discrimination? What if we were separated from our friends and family because of war and political unrest?

We are fortunate to live in a place where we are allowed to celebrate openly without the risk of persecution. Human rights are at the basis of our ability to live freely.

Dec. 10 has been designated by the United Nation as International Human Rights Day. This date marks the anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

The Declaration of Human Rights was adopted in 1948 by the UN General Assembly after the creation of the United Nations. The international community vowed to never let the destruction and human devastation of the Second World War happen again.

The purpose of Human Rights Day is to spark conversation and to open dialogue about how these freedoms are being upheld around the world.

Human Rights is a broad and complex subject that includes the interests of everyone.

The Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission is an independent government agency that is dedicated to working for the right of all Nova Scotians. This is an agency that can help you get your voice heard through educational programs, public events, and workshops.

Our freedom does not come easily. It requires consistent conversation, compassion, and compromise. To ensure our rights are being upheld we need to be a part of the conversation. As Nelson Mandela said, “to deny people their human rights is to challenge their very humanity.”


Stacey Coombs is a membership services representative at the YMCA Association of Cumberland. At the Y appears bi-weekly in The Amherst News.


Organizations: United Nations, Declaration of Human Rights, UN General Assembly Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission The Amherst News

Geographic location: Nova Scotians

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