This week, the Centre hosted a major event on Parliament Hill, bringing together leading human rights activists, the families of political prisoners, and the Co-Chairs of the Raoul Wallenberg All-Party Parliamentary Caucus for Human Rights.
Together, we called for the release of political prisoners and shone a spotlight on the human rights violating countries seeking re-election to the UN Human Rights Council, while engaged in the prisoners' unjust imprisonment and torture.
We highlighted that Canada should lead the charge to expose and unmask this culture of impunity at the UN, and act to end the moral and legal charade of rewarding rights violators with a seat on the Human Rights Council – a situation that is as outrageous as it is absurd.
Foreign Minister Stéphane Dion said:
“[…] what I can say is that the strong voice of Canadians speaking for human rights is something we also consider, especially when you have a champion like Irwin Cotler.”
Below are links to new coverage regarding our event:
National Post Editorial: “Cotler Would Force Trudeau to Match Human Rights Talk with Action”
This story was also featured in the Ottawa Citizen and Montreal Gazette
CTV: “Vote Against Including China in UN Human Rights Council MPs Urge”
Democracy Digest: “Regime ramps up repression as Russia ponders return to Cuba”
Montreal Gazette: “’Help Me’ Raif Badawi’s Wife Tells Justin Trudeau”