John Diefenbaker Defender of Human Rights and Freedom Awards

The John Diefenbaker Defender of Human Rights and Freedom Award

Named after former prime minister, foreign affairs minister and defender of human rights John Diefenbaker, the Diefenbaker Award honours individuals or groups who show exceptional courage and leadership in defending human rights and freedom.

Potential candidates for this award were identified on a worldwide basis by Canada’s global network of diplomatic missions and in consultation with key government partners. Candidates were carefully screened on the basis of their human rights contributions. Short-listed candidates were recommended to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, who made the final selection.

This non-monetary award will be given on an annual basis, as part of Canada’s larger commitment to the promotion and defence of human rights at home and around the world.

2011 is the inaugural year for the Diefenbaker Award.

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Address by Minister Cannon at John Diefenbaker Defender of Human Rights and Freedom Award Ceremony

Location: Ottawa, Ontario

Description: Minister's remarks

Duration: 12:38

File Size: 154 MB

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