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New website to engage young Canadians in human rights issues

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September 8, 2008

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For immediate publication 

Toronto - 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.


For more information:

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Cassie Palamar
Chair, CASHRA Public Education Partners
Tel: 403 297-7437
Fax: 403 297-6567