Minister Baird Announces Closing of International Centre for Human Rights and Democratic Development

April 3, 2012 - Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird today issued the following statement:

“The hardworking men and women of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada and the Canadian International Development Agency are committed to promoting freedom, democracy, human rights and the rule of law around the world each and every day—from our ambassadors and embassy personnel around the world to our staff at Headquarters in Ottawa.

“For some time, the many challenges of the International Centre for Human Rights and Democratic Development, also known as Rights & Democracy, have been well publicized. It is time to put these past challenges behind us and move forward.

“Therefore, as part of our efforts to find efficiencies and savings, I am announcing that the Government of Canada intends to close the International Centre for Human Rights and Democratic Development. Legislation will be introduced in the near future to do so, and its functions will be brought within Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada.

“We would like to thank the staff and the Board of Directors for their service.

“Today’s announcement gives us a clean slate to move forward.”

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