Canadian law enforcement official receives international human rights award

Superintendent (Ret’d) Ricky Veerappan of York Regional Police, Ontario, Canada, believes policing should be done through a human rights lens. He received the Youth for Human Rights International Award for his work in making human rights a reality

Setting the standard for police-community partnerships: police through a human rights lens.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES, December 24, 2021 / – Youth for Human Rights International presented Ricky Veerappan, Superintendent (Retired) of the Community Services Division of York Regional Police, Ontario, Canada, his Human Rights Award at the Youth for Human Rights International. The award congratulated him for “his dedication and outstanding service to the promotion of the human rights enshrined in the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights”.

The leaders of the Youth for Human Rights section in Toronto presented the Youth for Human Rights International campaign to Ricky Veerappan in 2008. Veerappan saw educational material as a means of disseminating the 30 human rights to the community. After discovering the material, Veerappan immediately trained some 120 police recruits using Youth for Human Rights’ History of the human rights documentary and his 30 public service announcements—One for each article of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The York Police Department then established the Human Rights Classroom in their Community Safety Village, where they run early intervention programs for children and youth.

“Thank you for this very special award that I accept on behalf of my many fellow police officers who, as mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, sons and daughters in uniform, champion the cause of peacebuilding, human rights and social justice. by the civil service every day, ”said Mr. Veerappan. “The events of the past two years have had a tremendous impact on police-community relations in terms of the level of trust in police services in general. He explained that York Regional Police believe policing should be done “through the lens of human rights, not human rights through the lens of policing.” Human rights must be the platform on which the police are built.

Youth for Human Rights’ 20th anniversary global virtual conference brought together over 1,600 human rights defenders from 97 countries and brought together a panel of renowned human rights lawyers and personalities. These included Mr. Jorge Luis Fonseca Fonseca, Deputy of the Legislative Assembly of Costa Rica; Rabbi Michael Shevack, General Counsel of the World Cultural Organization; Laura Guercio, President of Legal Aid Worldwide; and Fabio Amicarelli, director of humanitarian programs for the Church of Scientology International.

Over the past 20 years, Youth for Human Rights International has grown into a global movement of 150 groups, clubs and chapters; in partnership with 1,500 organizations and government agencies in 92 countries; educated 1.7 million young people with its materials; and has reached over 700 million people, leaving its mark on all levels of society.

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