20th Anniversary of the Convention on the Right of the Child - THE COMMISSION DES DROITS DE LA PERSONNE ET DES DROITS DE LA JEUNESSE HIGHLIGHTS CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE RIGHTS OF CHILDREN AND YOUTH



    MONTREAL, June 18 /CNW Telbec/ - The Convention on the Right of the Child
turns 20 this year, and the Commission des droits de la personne et des droits
de la jeunesse will award its 2009 Rights and Freedom Prize to an individual
or an organization working to defend and/or promote the rights of children and
youth in Québec.
    On November 20, 1989 the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted
the Convention on the Right of the Child which sets out the rights of
children, which Canada, a signatory, promised to respect and promote.
    "In every part of Québec, there are individuals, groups, associations and
organizations working tirelessly to support the rights of children and youth
in their milieus, and addressing their needs relative to their social,
economic and cultural, as well as their civil and political rights," said
Sylvie Godin, vice-president de la Commission.
    "The Commission wishes not only to recognize the invaluable contribution
and the excellent work of individuals and organizations in support of
children, but also aims to promote and reinforce awareness of the Convention,
the international instrument which has garnered the largest number of
ratifications," she added.
    The rights enshrined in the Convention, signed by 191 out of 192 states
can be organized in five categories: basic rights, such as name, nationality
and family; the right to be protected from exploitation and abuses; the right
to protection for children with particular needs, and "fundamental rights".
    An independent jury will choose the winner of the 2009 Rights and Freedom
Prize, which will be awarded during celebrations organized as part of the 20th
anniversary of the Convention in November 2009.
    The Commission will accept nominations until September 18, 2009.
Nomination forms and information are available on the Commission's website at
www.cdpdj.qc.ca, and by contacting Sylvain Archambault at 514 873-5146, ext.
210.
    Since 1998, the Commission has awarded this prize to draw attention to
the anniversary and adoption of the Universal Declaration on Human Rights. In
2008, Québec Court judge Juanita Westmoreland-Traoré was recognized for her
unfailing support in the fight against discrimination.

    
    Contact:  Sylvain Archambault
              514 873-5146 or 1 800 361-6477, ext. 210
              sylvain.archambault@cdpdj.qc.ca
    
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For further information:

For further information: Sylvain Archambault, (514) 873-5146, 1-800
361-6477, ext. 210, sylvain.archambault@cdpdj.qc.ca


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