FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 9, 2013
OTTAWA – NDP Foreign Affairs Critic Paul Dewar has written to Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird demanding additional action in response to a law promoting discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals in Russia.
“In light of this law’s passage by Russian legislators, human rights defenders throughout the world are asking for the Canadian government to take action to notify the Russian people that we stand behind human rights everywhere,” Dewar writes.
“I call upon you, in your role as the Minister for Foreign Affairs, in addition to continuing to speak out against the homophobic legislation and attacks on LGBT Russians, to institute a visa ban for the originators of the law in question.”