- Religious Freedom
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Ottawa, ON – David Anderson, Member of Parliament for Cypress Hills—Grasslands and Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Human Rights and Religious Freedom, today recognized the International Day of Peace and stressed the need for international collaboration on the issues that continue to threaten global stability, tolerance, and the safety of vulnerable communities around the world.
“Recognizing the International Day of Peace is important because it incites international attention on the need for peace among people of all races, backgrounds and faiths,” said Anderson. “At a time when human rights and religious freedom are under critical threat, it is the responsibility of individuals, states and organizations to work together in order to build better relationships.”
Established unanimously by the United Nations in 1981, and formalized in 2001 as a day of global ceasefire and non-violence, Peace Day calls on UN member states to alleviate tensions and conflict and embrace the ideals of peace.
“Violent events like the ones unfolding in Myanmar, the Middle East and Venezuela are painful reminders of the need for sustained peace and reconciliation efforts,” noted Anderson. “But it is also vital to consider the silent, everyday attacks on the freedoms of individuals – such as the ability to speak, move, believe, and associate freely. States have an obligation to safeguard these fundamental civil liberties which are vital to the pursuit of lasting peace,” concluded Anderson.
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