“Where, after all, do universal human rights begin? In small places, close to home—so close and so small they cannot be seen on any maps of the world. Yet they are the world of the individual person... Such are the places where every man, woman and child seeks equal justice, equal opportunity, equal dignity without discrimination. Unless these rights have meaning there, they have little meaning anywhere. Without concerned citizen action to uphold them close to home, we shall look in vain for progress in the larger world.”
The John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human Rights builds communities: spaces where all are included, participate and belong.
Human rights are most real at the community level. While we have international and national instruments for the protection of human rights, living in dignity is realized through our every day relationships with each other, in our workplaces, schools, homes and beyond.
The John Humphrey Centre plays a critical role in building spaces of collaboration, respect, commitment and change. An organization like ours cannot be understated – we play a valuable role in building a shared future within the hearts and minds of all ages, abilities, backgrounds and experiences.
While the Centre’s programming embraces programming for all ages, we have a strong belief in human rights education with children to build our future.
"If we are to reach real peace in this world... we shall have to begin with children." - Mahatma Gandhi
We need you to be part of a movement towards a future of peace, freedom and justice – towards a realization of human rights. Become a Friend of the Centre, sponsor a program, volunteer your time or participate in one of our training programs. We appreciate your help!