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LSO to honour human rights activist with award

Friday, February 22, 2019 @ 12:40 PM | By John Chunn

The Law Society of Ontario (LSO) will present the 2018 Human Rights Award to Dr. Fiona Sampson at a special ceremony in Toronto on Feb. 27, 2019.

Established in 2013 and granted biennially, the LSO Human Rights Award recognizes outstanding contributions to the advancement of human rights and/or the promotion of the rule of law provincially, nationally or internationally.

According to the LSO’s press release, Sampson is a highly respected and outstanding advocate for the rights of survivors of sexual violence in Canada and abroad. A human rights lawyer with a PhD in women’s equality law, she has dedicated her career to seeking justice for First Nations communities, refugees, persons with disabilities and victims of sexual violence.

She is the founder and CEO of the equality effect, a non-profit charity that uses international human rights law and creative legal advocacy projects to achieve systemic change.

The ceremony starts at 5:30 p.m. and will be held at the LSO at 130 Queen St. W. in Toronto. Seating is limited.