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"Nothing ... is more likely to disturb the peace of the world than the treatment which might ... be meted out to minorities."

U.S. President Woodrow Wilson, 1920

"Recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of justice, freedom, and peace in the world."

United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, 1948

"The problem with equality of individual fights is that it is simply not enough. It fails to recognize and protect the rights of constituent nations and peoples to maintain their distinctive identities."

Michael Ignatieff, The Rights Revolution, 2000

"Ask any journalist and he or she will tell you that good journalism is about objective, independent and balanced reporting. But study after study confirms that members of ethnic and visible minorities are underrepresented and stereotyped in the news."

Media Awareness Network, 2003

"Since the decriminalization of homosexual relationships in 1969, there has been a steady expansion of the fights of gay, lesbian, and bisexual persons reflected in human fights legislation and Charter jurisprudence. These developments have substantial public support, although the matter remains controversial. In my view, this evolution cannot be ignored."

Mr. Justice Kenneth Mackenzie on the B.C. Court of Appeal decision to endorse the right of gay and lesbian couples to marry, May 2003
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Publication:Canada and the World Backgrounder
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Geographic Code:1CANA
Date:Oct 1, 2003
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