FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Ottawa, ON – David Anderson, Member of Parliament for Cypress Hills—Grasslands and Official Opposition Critic for International Human Rights and Religious Freedom, has released the following statement on the occasion of Human Rights Day:
“December 10th marks 68 years since the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The declaration has served as a benchmark for the fundamental rights that all people – no matter their race, religion, ethnicity, sex, or status – are entitled to.
“Unfortunately, the events of 2016 have been poignant reminders that, for much of the world’s population, fundamental human rights are fragile. From the restriction of religious freedom for three quarters of the world’s population, to the violent displacement or exploitation of countless innocents through war or political crisis, human rights are increasingly under attack. These events remind us that Canada has a special role to play in championing the defence and promotion of these rights for vulnerable people who lack a voice.
“The focus of Human Rights Day 2016 calls for ordinary citizens to “stand up” for others’ rights. I invite all Canadians to take a moment to reflect on the day-to-day life of those who have been deprived of the freedoms that we, as Canadians, take for granted, and to think about ways Canadians can build awareness in an increasingly-interconnected world.
“No matter your background, we all have the power to impact human rights for the better.”
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