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International Human Rights Day
Posted on 12/17/2019
write for rightsEvery year around International Human Rights Day on December 10th, hundreds of thousands of people around the world send a letter or email on behalf of someone they’ve never met. 

Ms. Caverzan's students learned about 10 global cases focused on young people under the age of 25 who are a leading force for change; issues like what is happening at Asubpeeschoseewagong (“Grassy Narrows First Nation”)Yiliyasijiang Reheman from China who was torn from his family, and Yasaman Aryani from Iran who received a 16-year prison term for speaking up for the rights of women. The students then chose one case and wrote a letter to the appropriate government official on behalf of the young person, or people, whose human rights are being violated.

On December 10th, Human Rights Day, the class travelled to Barrie's City Hall to witness the raising of the Amnesty International flag. At the rotunda inside City Hall, they heard the Innisdale Secondary School choir sing songs of hope and peace, and listened to readings of poems by students from Steele Street Public School. Outside they heard one more song from the choir along with words from the Deputy Mayor before the raising of the flag.

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