STATEMENT BY OFFICIAL OPPOSITION LEADER TOM MULCAIR IN RESPONSE TO OPEN LETTER ON SOCHI OLYMPICS AND LGBT RIGHTS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 9, 2013

New Democrats welcome this initiative aimed at uniting Canadians in a strong response to Russian legislation promoting hatred and intolerance against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals in Russia.

We are happy to lend our support to proposals that help place additional pressure on Russia to respect and honour its international human rights obligations.

It is crucial that all athletes – young women and men who have worked tirelessly to prepare to compete at the Olympics Games – are able to participate fully in the Sochi games.

We urge the Canadian government to act forcefully in support of human rights in Russia and urge civil society and human rights organisations to sign on to this initiative.

Canada’s parliament, government and civil society must unite behind the defense of human rights and work together to ensure that the games in Sochi are inclusive and respectful of the rights of LGBT athletes and spectators.

New Democrats are steadfast in support of human rights and look forward to continuing to work with civil society organizations in support of LGBT rights in Canada and around the world.

This Press Release was posted on August 12, 2013
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