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Political Parties Called-on to Make 8 Pledges For Democracy, Transparency and Freedom of Expression

April 1, 2011

Press Conference
Political Parties Called-on to Make 8 Pledges For Democracy, Transparency and Freedom of Expression


When: 10:00am, Tuesday, April 5th, 2011
Where: Charles Lynch Press Room, Parliament Hill
Who: Alex Neve, Secretary General, Amnesty International Canada (English branch)

Leilani Farha, Executive Director, Centre for Equality Rights in Accommodation (CERA)
John Gordon, National President, Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC)
Gerry Barr, President-CEO, Canadian Council for International Co-operation (CCIC)

After years of diminishing democratic space for dissent in Canada, Voices-Voix – a non-partisan coalition of over 200 Canadian organizations – is proposing 8 clear ways to defend democracy and human rights, and ensure that the voices of Canadians are informed, heard, can speak, and are respected.

At a news conference at 10am on Tuesday, April 5th, 2011, Voices-Voix will call on all of Canada’s federal political parties to make eight (8) clear pledges for action to protect democracy and human rights.

Voices-Voix will also launch a new website, and call on Canadians to attend events in cities across Canada on April 6th as part of a national Day for Democracy. At these events, citizens and civil society will discuss action to defend democracy, free speech and transparency, both during election season and long-term.

The Quebec-based coalition, Pas de démocratie sans voix! will also hold a simultaneous press conference on similar issues in Quebec city.

Contact (press conference): François Demers
Communications Officer
Canadian Council for International Cooperation
613-241-7007, ext 311


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