This is International Human Rights Day.
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights is the most translated document in the world.
A few cool facts about Canada related to human rights:
- Prime Minister Stephen Harper will visit Winnipeg before Christmas to launch the construction of the Canadian Museum of Human Rights. The museum is set to open in 2012.
- The blueprint for the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was written by a Canadian. John Humphrey worked with the United Nations as the Director of the Human Rights Division in the Secretariat’s Department of Social Affairs
- Lester B. Pearson proposed the development of an international peace force under the United Nations. He was then the Canadian Secretary of State for External Affairs, and later became the Prime Minister. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1957 for his visionary idea. In 1988, the Nobel Peace Prize was given to UN peacekeepers in appreciation for their historic efforts to limit violence and encourage peace. Canada has always been one of the world’s most committed peacekeeping nations.