Freedoms and Human Rights

Freedom of association is a fundamental civil right, closely linked to the freedoms of expression and assembly, that is protected by all Human Rights international instruments, including article 20 of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights and article 21 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

What is the purpose of Freedom of Association?

It is a prerequisite for the development of NGO’s (including NGO’s promoting Human Rights), political parties and other groups, more generally, for a flourishing civil society. As such, Freedom of association constitutes an important indicator of the level of free thinking toward the democratic development. The right to associate facilitates and favours debates and plurality in a society, and association have an important role to fulfill as relays between citizens.

What does Freedom of Association cover?   

Freedom of Association does not only cover the right to join, to create or to quite any association, organization or company, regardless of its legal form; it also requires that the others refrains from interfering in the activities of associations and favours the development of an environment that is conducive to Freedom of association.

To be truly free , you should respect the freedoms of others.

Happy Canada Day 2013 – ” A day of unity , a day of coming together as families and as a nation”

I as a French-Canadian take massive amount of pride in both nations and on this day being the 1st July Canada Day I wish all my fellow Canadian friends HAPPY CANADA DAY!

 

Canada Day (French: Fête du Canada) is the national day of Canada, a federal statutory holiday celebrating the anniversary of the July 1, 1867, enactment of the British North America Act, 1867 (today called the Constitution Act, 1867, in Canada), which united three colonies into a single country called Canada within the British Empire.

Originally called Dominion Day (French: Le Jour de la Confédération), the name was changed in 1982, the year the Canada Act was passed. Canada Day observances take place throughout Canada as well as by Canadians internationally.

La fête du Canada (en anglais : Canada Day ; aussi appelée fête de la Confédération, fête de la Confédération canadienne, jour de la Confédération, fête nationale du Canada, ou jour du Dominion) est la fête nationale du Canada. Elle est célébrée le 1er juillet. Elle commémore la création de la Confédération canadienne par l’Acte de l’Amérique du Nord britannique, qui prit effet le 1er juillet 1867. Ce jour de congé fut établi en 1879 et était nommé le jour de la Confédération, puis fut ensuite renommé le jour du Dominion. Il fut changé après le rapatriement de la Constitution du Canada le 27 octobre 1982. Il concerne toutes les institutions fédérales. Des spectacles sont alors présentés, suivis d’un feu d’artifice.