Human Rights Day
December 10, 2010
WHEREAS on December 10, 1948, the United Nations adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights to recognize the inherent dignity and equal and intrinsic rights of all people and to foster a world in which each person can enjoy liberty of speech and freedom from fear and want.
The City of Toronto, in partnership with community groups and institutions, is in the forefront of efforts to eliminate barriers to the fulfilment of human rights, the empowerment of vulnerable communities and the achievement of a civil society through the elimination of poverty, violence, racism, sexism, homophobia, homelessness, hate crimes, hunger and illiteracy.
Toronto City Council is in the forefront of efforts to ensure that everyone live in conditions of dignity, respect and peace in a city where all residents participate equally and fully in its social, cultural, economic, recreational and political life.
NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor Rob Ford on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim December 10, 2010 as "Human Rights Day" in the City of Toronto as we observe the protection of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.