How you can pro­mote hu­man rights

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( C) Turn on your tele­vi­sion, or open a news­pa­per and it will not be long be­fore you come across a news re­port or ar­ti­cle of an­other se­ri­ous hu­man rights vi­o­la­tion from coun­tries across all re­gions of the world. De­spite the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the Uni­ver­sal Dec­la­ra­tion of Hu­man Rights over 65 years ago, the cur­rent state of hu­man rights leaves much to be de­sired. Abuses such as op­pres­sion, tor­ture, dis­crim­i­na­tion, and im­pris­on­ment oc­cur ev­ery day as in­no­cent peo­ple are tar­geted based on their race, reli­gion and sex­u­al­ity. While the laws of many de­vel­op­ing coun­tries al­low, and even pro­mote th­ese atroc­i­ties, we are left ask­ing why isn’t more be­ing done to pro­tect th­ese in­di­vid­u­als, and what can I do to help

Eth­i­cal con­sumerism: As Cana­di­ans, we can pro­mote hu­man rights by re­search­ing the prod­ucts we buy and places we travel. Many coun­tries that abuse peo­ple’s rights are de­pen­dent on tourism to fuel their econ­omy. While the land­scape and scenery may be en­tic­ing, you may pre­fer to spend your va­ca­tions and tourist dol­lars else­where.

En­gage hu­man rights or­gani ations: There are or­gani ations out there that pro­mote equal­ity and di­ver­sity, while work­ing to ex­pose and pre­vent civil rights abuses. The world’s largest hu­man rights or­gani ation, Amnesty In­ter­na­tional con­ducts re­search and gen­er­ates ac­tion to pre­vent and stop hu­man rights

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