Protests against the government of Saudi Arabia at the Human Rights Monument in Ottawa in 2017. Ashley Fraser / Postmedia
Seventy years ago, world leaders committed to what was at once both an urgent set of promises and a compelling dream when the newly formed United Nations adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Today, International Human Rights Day, as we mark that platinum anniversary, in many ways the Universal Declaration has never had more meaning.
In a world that reels with horrific atrocities in so many countries and in which the ugly politics of hate and demonization have swept far too many leaders into office, the drive and passion to secure truly global human rights protection grows more vital and dynamic.
That is not just wishful thinking.