In this issue of Public Perspectives, we explore attitudes in Canada (and around the world) toward human rights and human rights organizations.
Unsurprisingly, human rights are considered very important by a majority of Canadians, but just a slim majority say they know much about them, and one-third believe there is no such a thing as human rights.
What rights did Canadians think were the most important to protect? Freedom from discrimination and freedom of speech (which also ranked first on the list for all countries surveyed) topped the list in Canada. And Canadians identified children, disabled people and the elderly as groups most in need of human rights protection.