23.08. 2012 Statement by the Prime Minister of Canada on Black Ribbon Day

August 23, 2012
Ottawa, Ontario

Prime Minister Stephen Harper issued the following statement today to mark Black Ribbon Day, the national day of remembrance for the victims of Communism and Nazism in Europe:

“Today, we take the time to offer our sympathy and support to those who have been victims of Communism and Nazi totalitarianism, and to remember those persecuted who are no longer with us.

“Canada has long been a beacon of hope for those looking to flee the heavy hand of dictatorships and oppressive regimes.

“The marking of Black Ribbon Day in Canada shows that our country condemns crimes against humanity, and that we will forever and always be a stalwart champion for freedom, democracy, human rights and the rule of law.”

The Prime Minister's Office - Communications
Source: Prime Minister's Web Site