HUMAN RIGHTS DAY MESSAGE

10 DECEMBER 2015

Fredericton – David Coon, MLA for Fredericton South and Leader of the Green Party of New Brunswick issued the following statement in recognition of Human Rights Day on Thursday, December 10:

“Human Rights Day marks the 67th anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Today is a day to reflect on all of the accomplishments of the various civil rights movements over the course of these last seven decades. We have accomplished much in our society and that is something to be proud of.

Today is a day to look around ourselves and see the remaining prejudice and judgement that prevent people from experiencing the dignity they deserve. In particular the members of the transgender community in NB whose medical needs are not given credence, are forced to live under government imposed clouds of depression and anxiety. Today we consider how we can grow and change.

Today is also a day to look ahead in time and envision a world where all human kind experience the same rights and dignities outlined in the declaration of Human Rights 67 years ago. That world is within our grasp and I intend to play a role in securing that future for generations to come.”

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Our Principles

> Non-Violence

A culture of cooperation, caring and understanding is essential to ending violence in our society. Rehabilitation rather than vengeance must be the goal of our justice system.

> Self-Determination and Citizenship

We must have the opportunity and the responsibility as citizens to contribute to the common good, which requires that all have the capacity to participate in community life.

> Social Justice and Equality

Everyone must have equal access to the necessities of life and be treated with dignity and respect. Treaties with First Nations must be honoured.

> Participatory Democracy

We must be able to participate in decisions that affect our lives and be guaranteed that our votes are reflected in the make-up of the Legislative Assembly.

> Local Self-Reliance

Our communities should be in control of their own destinies, supported by strong local economies, and sustained by local sources of food and renewable energy.

> Living within Our Ecological Means

We must live within the ecological limits of the Earth, while meeting our needs without threatening our children's future or the survival of other species.

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