MONTREAL, June 4 /CNW Telbec/ - On June 15 and 16, the Commission des
droits de la personne et des droits de la jeunesse will host, in Montreal, the
annual conference of the Canadian Association of Statutory Human Rights
Agencies (CASHRA).
    Addressing the theme Dare to Reach Higher! Rights and Freedoms:
Organizations and Issues at Stake, 30 speakers and 200 participants from all
parts of Canada will examine the challenges involved in defending and
promoting human rights in the present economic crisis.
    "We want to consider possible solutions, at a time when the current
economic situation is likely to exacerbate the situation of vulnerable people,
whether racialized or minority groups, Aboriginals, people with disabilities,
youth or the elderly," said Gaétan Cousineau, president of the Commission and
vice-president of CASHRA, the association that brings together the government
agencies responsible for provincial and territorial human rights legislation.
    The conference will focus in particular on human rights protections
systems and the current models in Québec, Ontario, British Columbia, and at
the federal level, the promotion of human rights in light of demographic
change (immigration, an aging population, etc.), and the relation between
human rights and the environment.
    The participants will be asked to suggest possible ways improve the
impact of human rights commissions around the country and to strengthen
partnerships. Thus, workshops will focus on Unions as key allies in the
protection of human rights and Partners for success.
    The conference, which offers a forum for discussion and exchange for
human rights advocates and community organizations, will also examine the
advantages and challenges of the use of mediation, as well as recent legal
    Anyone concerned with human rights, particularly human rights groups,
academics and lawyers will want to attend this conference. The complete
program and registration forms are available at: www.cdpdj.qc.ca.

    Contact:     Patricia Poirier
                 514 873-5146 or 1 800 361-6477, ext. 358
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For further information:

For further information: Patricia Poirier, (514) 873-5146,
1-800-361-6477, ext. 358, patricia.poirier@cdpdj.qc.ca

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