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Updated: December 9, 2020

Vancouver B.C. – BC’s Office of the Human Rights Commissioner (BCOHRC) is celebrating Human Rights Day by hosting a virtual screening of a new short video, Human Rights 101. This animated video was created as a tool to help simplify complex human rights concepts for the public as part of our mandate to educate British Columbians about human rights. It will be released to the public following the screening.

The Human Rights 101 Watch Party will take place on BCOHRC’s Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/humanrights4BC) on Thursday, Dec. 10, at 11 a.m. PST. The event will last 15 minutes and include an appearance from B.C.’s Human Rights Commissioner, Kasari Govender. Viewers do not need to have a Facebook account to join the event.

“Our Office is excited to celebrate international Human Rights Day by launching this educational Human Rights 101 video,” said Commissioner Govender. “We’re looking forward to a fun event that helps British Columbians know their rights and get to know one another.”

“Far too many people in B.C. are unaware of their basic rights as human beings. Our Human Rights 101 video will help ensure we all have a shared understanding of what human rights are so we can all take part in upholding our rights and responsibilities under the law.”

Human Rights Day is observed every year on Dec. 10 to mark the anniversary of the United Nations’ adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which recognizes the inalienable rights of all people and sets international standards. 2020 marks the 72nd anniversary of the Universal Declaration.

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BC’s Human Rights Commissioner, Kasari Govender, started her five-year term on Sept. 3, 2019, 17 years after BC’s last human rights commission was dismantled. Since then, our Office has been working swiftly to build a strong team, to listen deeply to the concerns of British Columbians, to issue policy guidance to protect vulnerable communities and to lay a human rights-based foundation for our work. As an Independent Office of the Legislature we are uniquely positioned to ensure human rights in B.C. are protected, respected and advanced on a systemic level throughout our society.

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