Grants for human rights projects available

A Coquitlam-based human rights organization is offering grants up to $2,000 to help individuals and groups bring to life projects to focus attention on rights enshrined in the United Declaration of Human Rights.

That document, which was proclaimed by the UN in 1948, states, among other things, that all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights, including the right to life, liberty and security.

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Hazel Postma, chair of Human Rights Internet (HRI), said the grants — which range from $500 to $2,000 — can be used by individuals, artists, community associations, schools and non-profit groups to support their “bold, innovative idea that promotes a specific human right, or educates people on their rights.”

She said the grant program is a pilot that is being rolled out first in the Metro Vancouver area. If it’s successful, it will then be expanded to Toronto and Ottawa next year.

Postma said it’s a way to extend HRI’s mission to provide information and education on human rights.

Grant applications are due Oct. 15. Successful applicants will be notified in early November. For more information go to or email

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