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Queen's recognizes Human Rights Day with Initiative Award

 
2009-11-27

The more we do to embrace diversity and promote discrimination-free communities, the closer we will be to realizing the state of equality envisioned by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, signed in December 1948. This is the message behind Queen’s annual Human Rights Initiative Award, given out to commemorate International Human Rights Day and the anniversary of the U.N. Declaration of Human Rights on Dec. 10.

“Despite the assertion in the Declaration of Human Rights, that “all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights”, the fight against discrimination remains a daily struggle in our community,” says Margot Coulter of Queen’s Human Rights Office. “Our award is given to a program, project or service that has made an outstanding contribution to the advancement of equality and human rights in the Queen’s community.”

Nominations are evaluated on originality, positive impact on the university community, sustainability and breadth of community partnerships. Past recipients include the Reel Out film festival, Four Directions Aboriginal Student Centre and the Queen’s Muslim Student Association.

The deadline for nomination submissions is Monday, Nov. 30.  For more information regarding the nomination process visit queensu.ca/humanrights/humanrightsaward.html

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