New Website to engage young Canadians in human rights issues



    TORONTO, Sept. 8 /CNW/ - Youth have a new, interactive tool to facilitate
learning and engage in dialogue about human rights issues affecting Canadians.
    The interactive youth website was developed in commemoration of the 60th
anniversary of the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The
tool targeted to Canadians between the ages of 18 - 35 was developed by the
Canadian Association of Statutory Human Rights Agencies (CASHRA), in
collaboration with TakingITGlobal and the John Humphrey Centre for Peace and
Human Rights.
    "The ideal of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights is a light for
all people. Human rights activists are the sparks that keep the torch of that
ideal burning. How brightly that light burns in the future depends on today's
youth, with their talent, creativity, intelligence and optimism," said Mary
Pat Short, President of CASHRA. "It is our hope that this website will feed
the flames of their knowledge, passion and commitment, and they will carry the
torch of human rights courageously and help make the world a better place for
all people."
    In addition to information about human rights issues and legislative
frameworks enforcing human rights, the website includes tips for youth about
how to get involved in promoting and protecting human rights. Interactive
features can also be accessed on the site including: discussion boards, an
online art gallery and calls to action.

    CASHRA is the national association of Canada's government agencies
charged with administering federal, provincial and territorial human rights
legislation.
    To access the site visit: www.takingitglobal.org/themes/udhr60.





For further information:

For further information: Cassie Palamar, Alberta Human Rights and
Citizenship Commission, Tel: (403) 297-7437, Fax: (403) 297-6567, E-mail:
cassie.palamar@gov.ab.ca, www.albertahumanrights.ab.ca


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