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.”