Celebrated annually across the world on December 10th, today is International Human Rights Day. Officially established back in 1950, it commemorates the day on which, in 1948, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Human Rights Day is also when the United Nations Prize in the Field of Human Rights and Nobel Peace Prize are traditionally awarded every 5 years. So where exactly do we fit in?
CANADA RANKS #3
Canada is actually ranked #3 in the world in matters concerning human rights, according to the CIRI Human Rights Data Project. Not too shabby all things considered. In terms of quality of life, here in Montreal we are ranked 4th best in all of North America, and 23rd best in the world, according to a new international survey of cities done by The Mercer Quality of Living Report. Even more impressive, that's out of a total of 536 cities.
TWITTER TRENDS 2015
Social media like never before, played a vital role in the ongoing support of human rights causes in 2015. The use of hashtags has become a powerful tool in helping spread awareness around the world - truly unifying us as a global population.
#JeSuisParis and #PrayForParis were the 2 most popular hashtags this year, sweeping Twitter as users showed their solidarity with Parisians in the wake of last month’s terror attacks.
#MarriageEquality came third on Twitter’s most-tweeted list, recognizing legislation of same-sex marriage in the US and Ireland.
#BlackLivesMatter was the next most commonly-tweeted phrase, appearing more than nine million times this year, used to discuss a wide range of race-related police incidents and demonstrations in Ferguson, Charleston and Baltimore.
#RefugeesWelcome was used often enough to make it the fourth-most typed hashtag on the Twitter this year. It is still being used to welcome the Syrian refugees coming to Canada, the United States, and other countries throughout Europe.
#Syria was the fifth most used hashtag in 2015 overall concerning human rights violations. From criticizing the mass bombings, to the unstable local regime and ISIS attacks, #Syria has marked 2015.
WANT TO DO MORE THAN JUST #HASHTAG?
Amnesty International is a global movement of more than 7 million people, in over 150 countries and territories, campaigning to end abuses of human rights. Its members are on the front lines of some of the most prolific and atrocious exploitations of human rights worldwide. If you would like to help them demand justice for those whose rights have been violated, check out their webpage and sign to show your support for human right causes around the world.