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2023 International Human Rights Day

December 10, 2023

Each year on December 10, people in Saskatchewan and around the world observe International Human Rights Day. It is a day to commemorate the anniversary of one of the world’s most groundbreaking global pledges – the Universal Declaration of Human Right (UDHR).

This landmark document enshrined the clear and inalienable rights that every human being is entitled to regardless of race, colour, religion, gender, language, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth, or other status.

Adopted in December 10, 1948 by the General Assembly of the United nations, today marks the 75th anniversary of the UDHR.

As we celebrate the past 75 years of human rights, we must also look to our future and our children’s future.

In September 2023, the Commission released its “Equitable Education for Students with Reading Disabilities” report, which outlines issues affecting students with reading disabilities and reaffirms their fundamental fight to learn to read.

The report emphasizes the need for an early, universal screening strategy; individualized reading interventions; professional assessments;  accommodations for students; as well as the desire for curriculum and reading-instruction pedagogy that is directly supported by scientific research.

Today, on International Human Rights Day, and every day, the Saskatchewan Human Right Commission remains committed to reducing inequity, eliminating discrimination, promoting equality, and fostering a future in which no person is left behind.