December 10th, 2014

Statement by the Official Opposition on International Human Rights Day

Official Opposition Human Rights’ critic Wayne Marston (Hamilton East – Stoney Creek) made the following statement on International Human Rights Day:

“Today, we celebrate the 66th anniversary of the United Nations General Assembly’s unanimous adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.”

“This is a time to celebrate our equal rights to freedom, equality and justice, as established under the Universal Declaration and the law. But it is also an opportunity to reiterate our commitment to promoting and advancing these concepts in society. New Democrats believe that upholding human rights must be a central principle of Canada’s domestic and foreign policy.

“In many places around the world, people continue to be persecuted for their beliefs, ideals and convictions. We need to keep working to protect these fundamental freedoms, as they continue to come under threat and to be abused.

“Today – and every day – we must commit to protecting human rights and to building a more just and prosperous society in Canada and around the world.”