Reminder - Baird to Present 2012 Diefenbaker Human Rights Award

March 14, 2012 - Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird will host the John Diefenbaker Defender of Human Rights and Freedom Award Ceremony and present the award to this year’s recipients on Wednesday, March 14, 2012.

Event: Award presentation
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
4:00 p.m. ET
John G. Diefenbaker Building, Victoria Hall, 111 Sussex Drive, Ottawa, Ontario

Media interested in attending the event must register at the entrance to Victoria Hall. Photo identification will be required.

Camera set up must take place by 3:45 p.m.

The Diefenbaker Award was created in 2010 by then foreign affairs minister Lawrence Cannon to honour individuals or groups who show exceptional courage and leadership in defending human rights and freedom around the world. The award was named in recognition of former prime minister John Diefenbaker, who, during his time in office, championed human rights both in Canada and internationally. His determination to secure rights for all led to the passage of the Canadian Bill of Rights in 1960.

For more information, please contact:

Foreign Affairs Media Relations Office
Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada
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