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Human Rights 

Below you will find information about human rights and the legislation that protects our human rights. The information provided here is comprised of work done by the Alberta Civil Liberties Research Centre .  Although it is specifically designed for educators and their students, it is useful for "outside of the classroom " situations as well.

In relation to our discussion of anti-racism it is important to note that freedom from racial discrimination  is one of the basic rights of all human beings, and that these rights are protected by international, national and provincial legislation:

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights

  • Passed in 1948 by the United Nations

"Article 2 : Everyone is entitled to all of the rights in the UDHR regardless of race, colour, sex, language, religion and origin". (as cited in Alberta Civil Liberties Research Centre, 1999)

The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms

  • Passed by Parliament in 1982

"Section 15 :

  • Every individual is equal before and under the law and has the right to equal protection and equal benefit of the law without discrimination and, in particular, without discrimination based on race, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, sex, age, or mental or physical disability."( as cited in Alberta Civil Liberties Research Centre 1999)

Human Rights Citizenship and Multiculturalism Act

  • Passed in 1972, amended or changed in 1980 and again in 1996
  • Prohibits discrimination in employment and employment advertising, tenancy (rental housing), services available to the public and notices.

The Alberta legislation prohibits discrimination based on: race, physical disability, ancestry, religious beliefs, mental disability, and place of origin, colour, and marital status, source of income, gender, age, family status and sexual orientation. (Alberta Civil Liberties Research Centre, 1998)

Resources

The following are resources developed by the Alberta Civil Liberties Research Centre .

How Human Rights Laws Work in Alberta and Canada full document

The Rights Angle:  Human Rights Education - Using the Newspaper

Part 1 - Table of Contents, Foreward, Acknowledgements
Part 2 - Chapters 1 - 3
Part 3 - Chapters 4 - 5
Part 4 - Appendix - Websites and Feedback

Refugees and Discrimination:  Teacher and Student Materials

Part 1 - Covers
Part 2 - Acknowledgements
Part 3 - Content

Discrimination, Human Rights and You (Teacher's Guide)

Part 1 - Table of Contents, Foreward, Acknowledgements
Part 2 - Chapters 1 - 3
Part 3 - Chapters 4 - 6
Part 4 - Appendix

Discrimination, Human Rights and You  (Student version)

Part 1 - Table of Contents, Foreward, Acknowledgements
Part 2 - Chapters 1 - 3
Part 3 - Chapters 4 - 6
Part 4 - Appendix