Thorncliffe youth help mark Human Rights Day

Over 400 students, teachers and parents from the Thorncliffe area gathered last week to mark the 62nd anniversary of Human Rights Day, held internationally on December 10. The event was organized by the Youth for Human Rights International-Toronto Chapter’s coordinator, Nicole Crellin, along with community leaders, youth and educators.

The festivities started with a march that is part of an international effort involving the participation of various countries around the world including Austria, Barbados, Belgium, Cameroon, Canada, Columbia, Congo, Denmark, France, Germany, Holland, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Mali, Mexico, Morocco, Nigeria, Pakistan, Panama, Russia, Scotland, Slovakia, Somalia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, United Kingdom, Ukraine, United States of America and Zambia.

“The purpose behind this activity is to create awareness regarding the existence of people’s 30 basic human rights as proclaimed under the 1948 United Nation’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights,” said Crellin. “It is important to educate people of all ages that they have rights, and the importance of respecting the rights of others.”

Youth performances of songs, dances and poetry, support messages from community leaders and prizes contributed to the success of the event.

Added Crellin: “This year, in honour of the United Nations International Year of Youth, we urge our government to recognize that children who do not know their rights are vulnerable and they need to be made aware of their 30 basic human rights under the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.”

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