Official Opposition Human Rights critic Wayne Marston (Hamilton East – Stoney Creek) made the following statement on International Human Rights Day:
“Today, we are celebrating the 65th anniversary of the unanimous adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the United Nations General Assembly.
This unifying document prohibiting all forms of discrimination based on race, sex, religion or any other type remains every bit as relevant today.
Unfortunately, many people’s rights are not respected—even here in Canada. Around the world, too many people still live in poverty, are persecuted and must fight for equality.
Canada must remain resolute in its defence of human rights and quick to denounce any violation regardless of its source.
New Democrats stand in solidarity with activists and advocates of human rights in Canada and around the world.
We reiterate our commitment to protect human rights and to build a fairer, more prosperous Canada and a better world.”