Here in Canada we have many rights, human rights. They are very important because imagine life without rights. We would all live in a world of misery and dirtiness. There would be no peace. No one would have a good life. We would all be slaves. That is why our human rights matter. Who, then, made sure human rights were  promoted, protected and become a reality? We can draw inspiration from those who made a difference and helped create the human rights we have today. These humanitarians stood up for human rights because they recognized that peace and progress can never be achieved without them. Each, in a unique way changed the world.

Martin Luther King`s speech was the inspiration of our equality rights. He declared, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

Mahatma Gandhi, described nonviolence as “the greatest force at the disposal of mankind. It is mightier than the mightiest weapon of destruction devised by the ingenuity of man.” He was the one who wanted world peace.

Thomas Jefferson, author of the American Declaration of Independence, declared that “The care of human life and happiness and not their destruction is the first and only legitimate object of good government.”

They were all people who stood up for the human rights we have today.

There are those who, through thought and action, have made a difference and changed our world. Among them are the following humanitarians, each a powerful and effective person and each an inspiration to all whom today dedicate themselves to the cause of universal rights.

We are very lucky and I think everyone living in Canada should be thankful for that.