Ability and Community

Freedom is a Human Right

“The secret to happiness is freedom…And the secret to freedom is courage”- Thucydides (Greek Historian, 460 B.C-395 B.C.)

Human rights and freedoms have been around since humankind was established. Living in a democratic country such as Canada, we have the right to express how we live our lives to those in power to help shape our country.

One of the best freedoms I enjoy is the right to speak out to address, assemble, discuss, and peacefully raise awareness.

A society fueled by violence is not freedom. When we elect our officials by a fair system, it is comforting to know we have freedom!

In 2015, I participated in a training course to be a Human Rights Facilitator. It was one of the most eye opening courses I ever took! It was offered by the John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human Rights (www.jhcentre.org). We discussed human rights and freedoms throughout history, from the Magna Carta to present day. The Centre is a plethora of knowledge on these topics in a friendly, factual, educating way, and can teach us all about our freedom and rights. History cannot be re-written but education and knowledge can make us look at what works and what doesn’t.

In our beautiful country and community, freedom is not a luxury – it is a human right.

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