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Joint statement by ministers Dion and Bibeau on World Day of Social Justice

February 20, 2016 - Ottawa, Ontario - Global Affairs Canada

The Honourable Stéphane Dion, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and the Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, today issued the following statement:

“On World Day of Social Justice, Canada proudly reaffirms its commitment to advancing the deeply held Canadian belief that all human beings, in all parts of the world, are equal in rights and dignity.

“Here at home, the Government of Canada is striving for progress in areas such as relations with Indigenous peoples, the rights of women, gender equality and access to justice.

“Internationally, our government has seized many opportunities to reaffirm that Canada will be a strong voice for the values of inclusive and accountable governance, peaceful pluralism, respect for diversity and human rights, including the rights of women and refugees. And we are supporting our words with action.

“We recently committed $15 million over the next three years to support the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, and through our investments in development, we are supporting efforts to ensure that people in need have fair access to education, decent work, food and shelter, that their rights are respected and gender equality is promoted.

“Canada will use its ministerial address at the 31st Session of the Human Rights Council at the beginning of March in Geneva, Switzerland, to share our conviction that human rights are universal, indivisible, interdependent and interrelated. Canada recognizes that peace, stability and social justice are possible only when diversity and the human rights of all people are respected.”


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