Message from Robert Philp, Queen's Counsel,

Chief of the Commission and Tribunals

(December 9, 2016)

Human Rights Day is December 10

“Human Rights Day is an important day where we have the opportunity to reflect on how far we have come with the protection of human rights since the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948 and to recommit to the work that remains.

“This year’s theme, “Stand up for someone’s rights today,” is based on the principle that all persons are equal in dignity, rights and responsibilities, and that we are all entitled to having our basic human rights upheld at all times.

"This year’s theme really resonates with me, as at the Alberta Human Rights Commission, we see that discrimination continues to occur in workplaces, in schools, when accessing housing, employment and services, online and on the streets.

“Over the past few months, Alberta communities have seen a number of incidents that are cause for great concern. I believe that we each have a role to play if we bear witness to discrimination. We all have the ability to take a stand. And we all have the ability, and the obligation, to defend someone's rights when we see that they are being violated.

“As highlighted in this year’s campaign, “human rights belong to each of us equally.” This Human Rights Day, I call on all Albertans to recommit to the principle that, in Alberta, all persons are equal in dignity, rights and responsibilities without regard to race, religious beliefs, colour, gender, gender identity, gender expression, physical disability, mental disability, age, ancestry, place of origin, marital status, source of income, family status or sexual orientation.

“I encourage all Albertans to live the values set out in the Alberta Human Rights Act and to promote the ideal that all Albertans have the right to live in a province that respects, values and celebrates our differences, which only serve to make us stronger.

“For more on International Human Rights Day, watch my video message.”


Our vision is a vibrant and inclusive Alberta where the rich diversity of people is celebrated and respected, and where everyone has the opportunity to fully participate in society, free from discrimination.