December 10th, 2017

NDP Statement on International Human Rights Day

NDP Leader, Jagmeet Singh, made the following statement:

On the 69th anniversary of the UN Declaration of Human Rights, New Democrats stand in solidarity with activists and advocates around the world, in reaffirming our commitment to fight for equality and dignity for all.

Today, we remember that in many parts of the world, people are still persecuted for their gender, race, religion, beliefs, age, sexual orientation, language, or simply for seeking the truth. Canada must remain resolute in denouncing all violations to our inalienable human rights, as they are the foundation of all free and democratic societies.

The principles enshrined in the Declaration are as relevant today as they were in 1948. The NDP is proud of the work we have done – and continue to do – to stand up for the rights of all people, in Canada, and around the world.
In particular, it is important to recognize the work of our MP for Abitibi–Baie-James–Nunavik –Eeeyou, Romeo Saganash. His Bill C-262 enshrines the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People in Canadian law, and takes a concrete step towards ensuring that in Canada, the human rights of Indigenous peoples are not negotiable.

Today, I invite all Canadians to take actions in our daily lives to uphold the rights that protect us all, and to fight all activities that undermine our human rights.

Freedom, equality, justice, and human dignity can never be taken for granted.”