December 10, 2015
NDP statement on International Human Rights Day
NDP Foreign Affairs critic Hélène Laverdière (Laurier–Sainte-Marie) made the following statement on International Human Rights Day:
“Sixty-seven years ago, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This milestone document in the history of human rights has since been used by civilization as a moral compass under which every person has the fundamental right to freedom, equality, justice and dignity.
In many parts of the world, too many people are still persecuted due to their beliefs, gender, sexual orientation, origins, language, or simply for seeking the truth. Canada must lead by example and spread its values of inclusion and equality throughout the world to contribute to building a better world for all members of the human family.
Today, I invite all countries to respect, but also promote the principles and values set out in the Declaration. New Democrats believe it is the foundation on which our internal and external policies must be shaped. We also renew our commitment to make Canada – and the entire world – a better place for all.”