Government called on to respect democracy, free speech, transparency

Press conference announced by new coalition Voices-Voix

Thursday June 17th 2010, 10:30am, Charles Lynch Media Room Parliament Hill, with:

Alex Neve, Secretary General, Amnesty International Canada, English branch

Gerry Barr, President-CEO, Canadian Council for International Co-operation

Leilani Farha, Executive Director, Centre for Equality Rights in Accommodation


A new coalition, Voices-Voix, is sounding the alarm that the quality and health of democratic life in Canada is under serious threat. Voice-Voix will be speaking out against the silencing of dissent by the government.

At a news conference on Thursday June 17 Voices will call on the government to be transparent and to respect democracy and freedom of expression.

Voices-Voix will release its Declaration signed by human rights, women’s, aboriginal, labour, environment, student, faith-based and development organizations.

Note: The Quebec-based coalition, Pas de démocratie sans voix! will also be holding a press conference on June 17th in Montreal.