Debates of the Senate (Hansard)

1st Session, 41st Parliament,

Volume 148, Issue 44

Friday, December 16, 2011

The Honourable Noël A. Kinsella, Speaker

Motion to Recognize December 10 of Each Year as Human Rights Day Adopted

On the Order:

Resuming debate on the motion of the Honourable Senator Jaffer, seconded by the Honourable Senator Chaput,
That the Senate of Canada recognize the 10th of December of each year as Human Rights Day as has been established by the United Nations General Assembly on the 4th of December, 1950.

Hon. Claudette Tardif (Deputy Leader of the Opposition): Honourable senators, I support Senator Jaffer’s motion that the Senate of Canada recognize the 10th of December of each year as Human Rights Day as established by the United Nations General Assembly on the 4th of December, 1950.

The purpose of this day is to pay tribute to all those around the world who defend the basic rights and freedoms belonging to every human being. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights has been translated into 360 different languages, which is a testament to the universal values it symbolizes; values that transcend every culture and tradition and serve as an affirmation of our common aspirations.

This is a day to encourage everyone to become involved in the global movement for human rights in order for the declaration to go from being a simple aspiration to becoming a reality for millions of people who are still not being fully granted the rights embodied in the Universal Declaration.

Honourable senators, I invite you to support this motion.

Hon. Senators: Question!

The Hon. the Speaker: Is your pleasure, honourable senators, to adopt the motion?

Hon. Senators: Agreed.
(Motion agreed to.)

 

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