Louise Arbour

Louise Arbour is UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. An internationally renowned judge and lawyer, she had been a judge for the Supreme Court of Canada before taking office in July 2004. From 1996 to 1999, Ms. Arbour served as Chief Prosecutor for the International Criminal Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda. She has also served as judge for the Supreme Court of Ontario.

Resistance to discrimination goes back to the origin of the human rights concept. It was the rejection of differentiation of people on the basis of national, ethnic or social origin, religion and gender, as well as resistance against slavery, that marked the history of human rights.