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Statement on International Religious Freedom Day

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“Discrimination against religious and belief communities has no place in Canada, or in the world we want. As with all forms of discrimination, it causes suffering and division and leads to a climate of fear, intolerance and stigmatization. Today, on International Religious Freedom Day, we celebrate the freedom to manifest and practise our faith or belief, both as individuals and together with others, in peace and security. This cherished freedom, which protects believers and non-believers alike, is a fundamental universal human right that is intrinsically entwined with freedom of expression, assembly and association. As with those basic human rights, freedom of religion or belief plays a pivotal role in nurturing peaceful, prosperous, resilient and inclusive societies.

Statement by ministers Joly and Hussen on initial delivery of humanitarian aid to Gaza

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“Canada welcomes the initial crossing of humanitarian assistance that was delivered through the Rafah border crossing yesterday. We extend our thanks and commend our partners and those who worked tirelessly to facilitate this delivery. Allowing essential assistance to reach those in need is critical to saving lives.

Statement on expulsion of Canadian diplomats by the Government of India

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Canada confirms that India formally communicated its plan to remove immunities unilaterally for all but 21 Canadian diplomats and dependents in New Delhi by October 20, 2023. This means 41 Canadian diplomats and their 42 dependents were in danger of having immunities stripped.

Joint statement on Venezuela negotiations by United States, United Kingdom, European Union and Canada

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Antony J. Blinken, United States Secretary of State; Josep Borrell Fontelles, European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Commission; the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Canada; and James Cleverly, Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs of the United Kingdom, have released the following statement:

Statement on World Day Against the Death Penalty

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“Today, on the World Day Against the Death Penalty, Canada reiterates its unequivocal opposition to the use of capital punishment in all cases.

Minister Ng welcomes NAFTA dispute panel ruling on U.S. duties on Canadian softwood lumber

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The Honourable Mary Ng, Minister of Export Promotion, International Trade and Economic Development, issued the following statement regarding today’s North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) Chapter 19 panel ruling on Canada’s challenge of the Unites States Department of Commerce’s final dumping determination on Canadian softwood lumber products

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