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Fair Trade Celebrates Human Rights Day on December 10th, 2011

Fair Trade Celebrates Human Rights Day on December 10th, 2011

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Human Rights Day provides the global Fair Trade Movement with an opportunity make a stand in solidarity with producers! Recognize the importance of this day by raising awareness of our shared human rights locally. Fair Trade is founded upon these rights, and it is time Fair Trade celebrate the global recognition of Human Rights Day.
Human Rights Day provides the global Fair Trade Movement with an opportunity make a stand in solidarity with producers! Recognize the importance of this day by raising awareness of our shared human rights locally. Fair Trade is founded upon these rights, and it is time Fair Trade celebrate the global recognition of Human Rights Day.

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Mitch Teberg, MAAssociate Member
Journey for Fair Trade:
Fair Trade Celebrates Human Rights Day onDecember 10th, 2011!!!
17 November, 2011As a global movement we all agree Fair Trade aims to
Empower 
disadvantaged producers andtheir communities. Our shared principles reflect business practices which are free fromexploitation and based on respect for universal human rights, women's rights, child rights,minority and migrant rights, rights of the disabled, and labour rights. When we examine Fair Trade closely it becomes evident the underpinnings of our global movement are the UnitedNations Conventions on Human Rights and the internationally recognized conventions of theInternational Labour Organization (ReadA Rights-Based Approach to Fair Trade: Human RightsFramework). Succinctly stated, without these international conventions, there would be no solidfoundation for Fair Trade.
 
Mitch Teberg, MAAssociate Member
Over the past several posts I have been emphasizing the importance of integrating a Rights-Based Approach to Fair Trade as a means of empowerment.
When an organization utilizes aRights-Based Approach they recognize poverty as injustice and includesmarginalization, discrimination, and exploitation as central causes of poverty.
Tointegrate a Rights-Based Approach is to strengthen our trade partners not only in traderelations, but in their quality of life; toenjoy the freedoms internationally recognized as inherentto all human beings.The first step towards empowerment is raising awareness of these rights. Unfortunately, the factremains that for many of our producers their rights are not well known; theUniversal Declarationof Human Rights remains an abstract idea, an international convention far from their immediatereality. Admittedly, the same is true for many Fair Trade supporters, retailers, importers, buyersand consumers. It is time for change.
OnSaturday, December 10, 2011 the world celebrates Human Rights Day.
Considering thestrong ties to our global movement, Fair Trade should be leading the way in recognizing theimportance of this day! Regardless if you are a Fair Trade producer group, animporter, a coffeeroaster, or a retailer, let's celebrate this day of international recognition of our human rights!
 
Mitch Teberg, MAAssociate Member
 Here are a few suggestions to celebrate Human Rights day locally. Thesesuggestions are for all Fair Tradersregardless of where you reside!
Decorate!
Click here to downloadUN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights visualdesigns for Human Rights day in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish!
Display!
Click here for videoson human rights from the UN!!!
Provide a copy of Universal Declaration of Human Rights!
Click here for over 300translationsof this pivotal document!!!!!
Share stories of Human rights!
Click here for a list of storiesto share from the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights!
http://www.amnesty.org/

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