Explore the World of Human Rights

“All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights,” said the United Nations in an historic declaration in 1948. These are the opening words of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. After the Second World War, the United Nations (newly founded in 1945) wanted a common standard as a way to promote freedom, justice and peace around the world. That declaration was only the beginning. 

John Peters Humphrey: A Canadian and the Words that Changed the World

Did you know that a Canadian wrote the original draft of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights? Enter this exhibit to explore the story of John Peters Humphrey.

Universal Declaration of Human Rights

John Peters Humphrey drafted the world-changing Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and the United Nations adopted it in 1948. Now, some 60 years later, the declaration continues to inspire us. Enter this exhibit to explore the declaration in detail.

An Animated Declaration

To celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Declaration of Human Rights in 2008, the Human Rights Action Center developed an inspiring animation of the document. (Created by Seth Brau and produced by Amy Poncher)

Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms 

The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms is a bill of rights forming part of the Constitution of Canada.