The Canadian Tribute to Human Rights, also known as the Human Rights Monument, is a monumental sculpture located at the corner of Lisgar and Elgin streets in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. It was designed by Montreal artist and architect Melvin Charney and unveiled by Tenzin Gyatso, the fourteenth Dalai Lama, on September 30, 1990.Add Canadian Tribute to Human Rights and other attractions to your Ottawa trip itinerary using our Ottawa online trip itinerary builder.
The location of the Monument, immediately adjacent to Ottawa City Hall and close to the Parliamentary precinct, combined with its dedication to human rights, has led to it becoming the focus for a wide range of demonstrations by groups including anti-racism and anti-poverty activists, as well as those protesting international human rights issues.
Standing over thirty feet high and constructed of red granite and concrete, the Monument's red granite facade bears the text of the first sentence of Article One of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights: "All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights - Tous les êtres humains naissent libres et egaux en dignité et en droits." The words "Equality,” "Dignity,” and "Rights” - in English and French – are etched on granite plaques and carried by anthropomorphic figures behind the façade. They also appear on granite plaques within the Monument, known as the House of Canada, in 73 Indigenous languages found in Canada.
Canadian Tribute to Human Rights Reviews
Walking from our Hotel along Elgin St into the city centre you couldn't fail to notice this strange design monument, not really sure what its trying to convey but its worth noticing. more »
This is a monument you can see in Elgin street, coming from the Parliament. If you go fast, you don’t even realize you’ve crossed with it. That said, it is an assembly of rocks and has to phrase... more »
Excellent memorial, good central location. Worth checking out if in the area.
Brutalist architecture. One of the preferred sites of protests in the city.
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