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St. Thomas University Media Release

Communications and Media Relations
St. Thomas University
Fredericton, NB, E3B 5G3
Tel (506) 452-0522, Fax (506) 460-0335


Wednesday, December 8, 2004

Human Rights Day – December 10, 2004

Fredericton – Dr. Michael McGowan, Director of the Atlantic Human Rights Centre, St. Thomas University, released the following statement marking Human Rights Day:

“December 10 celebrates the 56th anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. New Brunswickers should be proud that a native son of Hampton, John Peters Humphrey was a principle drafter of that Declaration. This landmark document serves as a compass in setting standards whereby human beings might have their inherent dignity, value, and worth respected and enhanced.

The flag of human rights, despite constant violations, threats, and set-backs, continues to invite people of good will everywhere to work together in the pursuit of peace and freedom. By committing to the principles found in the Declaration, the world can experience the disappearance of hatred, animosity, prejudice, and intolerance.

Thirty-seven years ago New Brunswick adopted its first Human Rights Act. It continues to beckon citizens to strive for a better province by learning about human rights and how they are promoted and protected here at home and beyond.

Human Rights Day 2004 offers once again the opportunity to reflect on the importance of fundamental rights and freedoms of all. By doing so, the pillars on which they rest — dignity, responsibility, respect, and justice, will we strengthened and safeguarded. By incorporating the language and ideals of human rights into everyday life, peace will become a reality, freedom will reign, and the fires of violence will be extinguished.

Wishing all citizens a Happy Human Rights Day!”

Media Contact – Jeffrey Carleton, St. Thomas University, (506) 452-0522 or