Canada Welcomes Release of Protesters in Ukraine

February 15, 2014 - Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird today issued the following statement:

“Canada welcomes the release in Ukraine of opposition voices who were detained during almost three months of unrest.

“Canada and the international community expect the Ukrainian authorities to respect and protect the rights of all Ukrainians, including the right to express their opinions freely.

“We call on the Ukrainian government to work with the opposition and protesters to respond to the legitimate calls of the Ukrainian people for true democracy, including full amnesty for the protesters.

“Canada commends the protesters who, in a show of good faith, vacated several buildings they were occupying.”

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