Canadian Human Rights Chief: Realizing “Our” Mission

Oh. You thought the head of the Canadian Human Rights Commission worked for Canadians, just because you pay her salary? Silly you. Canada’s just a small cog in the World Congress Mission Machine (we’re not being paranoid; they actually call themselves the World Congress, and Lynch herself talks about their “mission.”)

We got her pic from the University of Ottawa, where Lynch is a Board of Governors member.

Lynch is also the chair of the International Coordinating Committee of National Institutions for the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights. Quite a title.

We admire her. All of that money and power, and no pesky elections to get in the way.

Way to go, Jenny!

[Speech by Jennifer Lynch, Q.C., to the World Congress of Rehabilitation International]

When I was asked by Rehabilitation International to attend this conference, I accepted instantly. I have a deep respect for the work that you do. In addition, the theme of this World Congress – building an inclusive society— is central to the work of the Canadian Human Rights Commission, both domestically and internationally.

The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, the first convention of the 21st century, is rapidly becoming one of the most ratified treaties in the human rights system. Rehabilitation International played a seminal role, by bringing attention to the need for the international protection of these rights and in the drafting of the Convention.

Here we are– just 8 years into the new Millenium – and we find ourselves at an interesting, challenging and hopeful time. A time when the opportunity of realizing our mission of building an inclusive society is in sight…


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