Canada Marks International Human Rights Day

    OTTAWA, Dec. 10 /CNW Telbec/ - The Honourable Maxime Bernier, Minister of
Foreign Affairs, today marked International Human Rights Day and the 59th
anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
    "Today we celebrate International Human Rights Day, which honours the
adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The underlying concept
enshrined in the Declaration is that all human beings possess fundamental
rights and freedoms. But promoting these rights and freedoms is not enough.
They must be protected and defended as well, particularly when they are under
assault," said Minister Bernier.
    "Canada is proud of its long-standing commitment to the promotion and
protection of human rights. For example, we are working closely with the
Government of Afghanistan and our neighbours in the Americas to strengthen and
promote our shared values. We will continue to stand up for fundamental rights
and freedoms wherever they are threatened. Canada believes that a world where
freedom, democracy, human rights and the rule of law are paramount will ensure
a better world for us all."

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For further information: media representatives may contact: Foreign
Affairs Media Relations Office, Foreign Affairs and International Trade
Canada, (613) 995-1874;

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