Owen Bird recognizes that Human Rights Day marks the 71st anniversary of the UN’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
On this day in 1948, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This was a milestone document proclaiming the inalienable rights that everyone is inherently entitled to as a human being regardless of race, colour, religion, sex, language, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status.
Today, we celebrate the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights because:
- human rights are relevant to all of us, every day,
- our shared humanity is rooted in these universal values,
- equality, justice and freedom prevent violence and sustain peace,
- whenever and wherever humanity’s values are abandoned, we all are at greater risk,
- we need to stand up for our rights and those of others.
Our firm celebrates and promotes human rights through our practice. Our lawyers are frequently engaged in human rights matters, including free speech and discrimination issues. Our lawyers believe in access to justice, and a number of them volunteer for pro bono legal providers such as UBC’s Law Students’ Legal Advice Program (LSLAP) and Access Pro Bono. In addition, we are pleased to report that the Law Society Benchers have approved Mandatory Cultural Competency Training to take effect 2021, a positive step forward on the path to reconciliation. And finally, in the spirit of the holiday season, our firm’s Social Committee has organized a successful food bank and toy drive.