Ottawa, ON – David Anderson, Member of Parliament for Cypress Hills – Grasslands and Official Opposition critic for International Human Rights and Religious Freedom; and the Official Opposition critic for Foreign Affairs, the Hon. Tony Clement, Member of Parliament for Parry Sound – Muskoka, today released the following statement commemorating Human Rights Day 2015: “On this day, 67 years ago, nations came together to establish a world standard for the human rights of all individuals. “Human Rights Day serves to remind the international community of its affirmation of the political, civil, economic, social and cultural rights that everyone deserves – no matter their creed, race or wealth. In principle, today is an opportunity to reaffirm and amplify Canada’s voice for these global values. “One initiative that has received international recognition for its good work is the Office of Religious Freedom. “As Canadians, we often take these rights for granted. Unfortunately, countless individuals around the world continue to endure levels of persecution unimaginable in Canada. As citizens of one of the most prosperous, democratic, open and tolerant countries in the world, we have a responsibility to stand up for those who cannot. “Today we honour all advocates of human rights for their tireless efforts – often in the face of violent opposition – to promote and protect the rights of all people.”