Stand up for someone’s rights today

Human Rights Day 2016

December 10: the day that the United Nations (UN) adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights back in 1948. It is a day that promotes awareness of the Declaration and human rights.

This year, stand up for someone’s rights.

What is the Universal Declaration of Human Rights?

The Declaration, drafted by representatives with different nationalities and political backgrounds, sets out, for the first time, fundamental human rights to be universally protected.

The Declaration has 30 articles which, although not legally binding, have inspired international treaties, economic transfers, national constitutions and other laws.

It starts with each person.

The UN encourages people to step forward to safeguard someone’s right to live free from fear and abuse and to publicly lobby for better leadership, better laws and greater respect for human dignity.

Step forward and defend the rights of:

    • a refugee or migrant
    • a person with disabilities
    • an LGBT person
    • a woman
    • a child
    • indigenous peoples
    • a minority group
    • or anyone at risk of discrimination or violence


    How Legal Aid Ontario helps

    Every day, Legal Aid Ontario helps almost 4,000 low- to no-income people, including domestic violence victims, refugees, single parents seeking child support, custody or access, and people accused of a crime.

    We have initiatives in place that specifically help:

    • First Nation, Métis and Inuit
    • people with mental health and addiction issues
    • people experiencing domestic violence and
    • people from racialized communities.

    If you need a lawyer because you have either an immigration issue, a family legal issue, have been charged with a crime, or need help with a housing, social assistance, or employment issue, give us a call to see if you’re eligible for help.

    Contact us

    Call us toll-free at 1-800-668-8258 from Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    Visit us online at legalaid.on.ca for more information on our services or LawFacts.ca for answer to questions on refugee law, criminal law, mental health issues and for resources if you self-identify as First Nation, Métis or Inuit.