2012 John Diefenbaker Defender of Human Rights and Freedom Awards

The John Diefenbaker Defender of Human Rights and Freedom Award

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.

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 is 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.

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

Location: Ottawa, Ontario

Description: Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird today presented this year’s John Diefenbaker Defender of Human Rights and Freedom Award to the late Shahbaz Bhatti, Pakistan’s former federal minister for minorities, and Susana Trimarco, Argentinian activist and founder of the Fundación María de los Ángeles.

Duration: 9:22

File Size: 212 MB

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