Claiming and Enforcing the Right to an Adequate Standard of Living
Date: June 6, 2012 | Category: News
Everyone has the right to an adequate standard of living.
It says so in Article 25 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This declaration, the basic international pronouncement of the inalienable and inviolable rights of all members of the human family, was proclaimed in a resolution of the General Assembly of the United Nations in December 1948.
In spite of this Declaration many in our community struggle to make ends meet. What can be done? How we can claim and enforce the right to an adequate standard of living for all citizens?
That is the subject of presentations at the Hamilton District School Board this Thursday June 7th.
Bruce Porter, an international human rights expert, will be the keynote speaker. Joining Porter will be Craig Foye, a staff lawyer from our clinic, Laura Cattari Hamilton Poverty member, past chair of the Roundtable, Mark Chamberlain, and Dr. Atif Kubursi, Professor Emeritus of the McMaster University Department of Economics.
Porter is Director of the Social Rights Advocacy Centre and the Coordinator of the Charter Committee on Poverty Issues – a major litigation voice for those living with low incomes in Canada. He has coordinated 12 interventions at the Supreme Court of Canada and has provided expert evidence on discrimination, stigmatization, poverty and homelessness in a number of constitutional cases in Canada and internationally.
The event runs from 7:00- 9:00 pm at the Hamilton District School Board, 100 Main Street West in the Main Floor Auditorium.
Seats are limited, so make sure you RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.