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Ottawa/Canadian-Media: Marc Garneau, Canadian Minister of Foreign Affair, discussed with Michelle Bachelet, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights during his productive first call on Mar 14 Canada’s commitment to engaging with partners multilaterally to promote human rights and advance gender equality as part of the government’s feminist foreign policy.
Marc Garneau. Image credit: official
Underscoring the critical role of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in promoting respect for human rights internationally, Garneau reaffirmed Canada’s support for the work of the OHCHR.
While presenting Canada’s priorities at the current session of the Human Rights Council, Garneau raised a number of human rights issues of concern to Canada including the recent overthrow of the democratically-elected government in Myanmar and efforts by the military regime to curtail civil and political rights; the human rights situation in China, treatment of Uyghurs and other ethnic minorities in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, recent restrictive actions against journalists, opposition members and humanitarian workers in Venezuela; and the ongoing human rights violations in Belarus, including torture, suppression of the media, and crackdowns on peaceful protestors and the human rights situations in Sri Lanka and Nicaragua.
Bachelet thanked Garneau for Canada’s engagement on human rights and institutional support to the OHCHR, and both The Minister and the High Commissioner agreed to continue working closely together to promote and protect human rights.