Seventy two years ago, the United Nations adopted the landmark Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which sets out the inalienable rights of all people regardless of race, colour, religion, sex, language, political opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. It is now available in more than 500 languages and is said to be one of the most translated documents in the world. Although we have seen many dramatic changes since 1948, the Declaration’s core principles remain as important as ever. Also unchanged is the meaningful role that every citizen can play in upholding human rights and fostering the spirit of civil society that we are so fortunate to enjoy as Canadians.

As we mark International Human Rights Day, I would like to extend my heartfelt thanks to all Albertans who lend their energy, talents and voices to the ongoing work of ensuring that everyone is treated with dignity and respect, both here at home and around the world.  Your efforts are bringing greater possibilities and hope to others and your commitment is what will keep the spirit of the Declaration alive for many more generations to come. 

Her Honour, the Honourable Salma Lakhani AOE, B.Sc., Lieutenant Governor of Alberta

December 10, 2020