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January 13, 2021

Canada Announces New Measures to Address Human Rights Abuses in Xinjiang, China

The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and the Honourable Mary Ng, Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion, and International Trade today announced measures related to the human rights…
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COVID-19InternationalNews
January 12, 2021

Federal Government Announces Extended Restrictions for Travelers Entering Canada

Canada and the United States have agreed to extend the temporary restriction of all non-essential travel across the Canada-U.S. border until at least February 21st, 2021. The Government of Canada’s…
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COVID-19InternationalNews
January 7, 2021

Federal Government Implements Mandatory Pre-Departure Negative COVID-19 Test

The COVID-19 pandemic has created a global crisis that is having a significant impact on the air industry and all travellers. The Government of Canada has multiple measures in place…
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InternationalNews
December 17, 2020

An Update on Canada Immigration Statistics 2020

Despite the impacts that COVID-19 has had on immigration in 2020, IRCC has continued working hard to ensure that people can immigrate to Canada safely and responsibly respecting all health…
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InternationalNews
November 25, 2020

Foreign Affairs Committee: Hedy Fry Asks Minister Champagne about Rising Violence Against Journalists and Parliamentarians

On November 24th, 2020, I questioned Minister Champagne on the steps Canada is taking to address rising violence against journalists and parliamentarians around the world. Since 1992, 1,350 journalists have…
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InternationalNews
November 18, 2020

Federal Government Makes Important Changes to the Secure Air Travel Act (SATA)

On November 4, the final provisions of the Secure Air Travel Act (SATA) regulations came into force. This allowed the launch of the new Canadian Travel Number (CTN) and centralized…
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InternationalNews
November 12, 2020

Canada Opens Door to Hong Kong Students Through New Immigration Pathways

November 12, 2020 Canada announces immigration measures supporting Hong Kong residents and Canadians in Hong Kong Immigration is a key driver of Canada’s economic growth, and Canada continues to welcome…
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InternationalNews
October 31, 2020

Federal Government Announces 2021-2023 Immigration Plan

October 30, 2020—Ottawa—The Honourable Marco Mendicino, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, tabled the 2021‒2023 Immigration Levels Plan today, which sets out a path for responsible increases to immigration targets…
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InternationalNews
October 6, 2020

OSCE PA President Makes Statement on Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict

As head of Canada’s delegation to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe’s Parliamentary Assembly (OSCEPA), I share with you the following statement. Nagorno-Karabakh bloodshed must end, says OSCE…
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International
September 21, 2020

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau delivers a virtual address to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the United Nations General Assembly.

    September 21, 2020 Prime Minister Justin Trudeau delivers a virtual address to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the United Nations General Assembly.      "This is a…
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International
August 13, 2020

Belarus must uphold international obligations and respect fundamental freedoms in wake of disputed election, OSCE PA President says

COPENHAGEN, 13 August 2020 – Disturbed by reports of excessive force following Sunday’s presidential election in Belarus, including the use of rubber bullets, water cannons, stun grenades and mass arrests,…
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International
August 3, 2020

Statement on the 45th Anniversary of the Helsinki Act

COPENHAGEN, 1 August 2020 - On the forty-fifth anniversary of the signing of the Helsinki Final Act, Present and former Presidents of the OSCE PA issued the following statement: "Forty-five…
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International
July 25, 2020

COVID crisis reminds us that we’re only as strong as our weakest link

23 July 2020 George Tsereteli, Member of Parliament from Georgia and President of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly (OSCE/OSCE Parliamentary Assembly) Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have seen…
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International
July 22, 2020

Call to save OSCE human dimension by current and former PA Presidents and human rights leaders

COPENHAGEN, 22 July 2020 – With the OSCE’s leaders’ mandates having expired on 18 July due to a failure to reach agreement among governmental representatives in Vienna, a group of…
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International
July 16, 2020

Violence Along Armenia-Azerbaijan Border

Canada's statement: The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today issued the following statement: “Canada is concerned by the violence along the Armenia-Azerbaijan border. “Alongside the Organization for Security…
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International
July 16, 2020

OSCE PA leaders criticize Belarus’s failure to extend timely invitation to observe election and to provide a level playing field for all stakeholders

COPENHAGEN, 16 July 2020 – The leaders of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly’s Committee on Democracy, Human Rights and Humanitarian Questions expressed concern today that Belarus had failed to extend a…
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International
July 15, 2020

OSCE Mediterranean Partners for Co-operation Meeting

Hedy Fry, the OSCE PA’s Special Representative on Gender Issues and Head of the Canadian Delegation, addressed the OSCE Mediterranean Partners for Co-operation Group on Monday, speaking on the theme…
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International
July 13, 2020

New OSCE PA report offers comprehensive recommendations stemming from series of Parliamentary Web Dialogues on COVID-19

COPENHAGEN, 13 July 2020 – The COVID-19 pandemic, as an unprecedented global crisis that impacts all dimensions of security, has underlined the urgency of addressing long-standing challenges facing the OSCE…
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International
July 12, 2020

OSCE PA human rights leaders urge U.S. government to reconsider decision to resume federal executions

COPENHAGEN, 9 July 2020 – Responding to reports that executions are set to resume on the federal level in the United States for the first time since 2003, the leaders…
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International
July 7, 2020

Heads of OSCE parliamentary delegations meet online for discussions on activities during COVID-19, organizational reform and geopolitical challenges

COPENHAGEN, 7 July 2020 – Some 40 members of parliament participated in a virtual meeting of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly’s Standing Committee today, hearing reports from the PA President, Treasurer,…
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International
July 3, 2020

Op-Ed on Racism in U.S. Congressional Record

Honoured to have my op-ed on racism read into the Senate Congressional Record by US Senator Ben Cardin (Dem.) Full text: The terrible acts of violence against Black persons in…
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International
June 23, 2020

OSCE PA Human Rights Leaders Denounce Anti-LGBT Actions in Poland

COPENHAGEN, 22 June 2020 – Following an increase in discriminatory rhetoric targeting LGBT communities in Poland, including at the highest levels of politics and society, OSCE Parliamentary Assembly human rights…
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International
June 21, 2020

OSCE PA: World Refugee Day

COPENHAGEN/STRASBOURG, 19 June 2020 – On the eve of World Refugee Day, parliamentarians from the OSCE and Council of Europe participated in a high-level discussion organized by the British House…
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International
June 15, 2020

Including women in decision-making key to effective and gender-sensitive COVID-19 responses, participants say in OSCE Parliamentary Assembly webinar

COPENHAGEN, 15 June 2020 – Governments should ensure that the gendered impacts of COVID-19 are prioritized in their responses to the crisis, participants said in a webinar organized by the…
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International
June 10, 2020

Report: Gendered Impacts of COVID-19

Special Representative on Gender Issues to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe Parliamentary Association (OSCE PA), Hedy Fry (Canada), has published a report ahead of next week’s Parliamentary…
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International
May 24, 2020

Endorsement: Human security for public health, peace and sustainable development appeal

On the occasion of International Women’s Day for Peace and Disarmament (May 24, 2020) we express our deep concern about the humanitarian and economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the…
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International
May 24, 2020

Press Release: Human security for public health, peace and sustainable development appeal

24 May 2020. Governments need to cut military expenditure, and increase their focus and budgets on human security and global cooperation, in order to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, address…
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International
May 23, 2020

Hong Kong National Security Legislation

We are deeply concerned at proposals for introducing legislation related to national security in Hong Kong and we are following the development closely. With hundreds of thousands of Canadians living…
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International
May 20, 2020

War & Peace Podcast: The OSCE’s Role in a COVID-19 World

OSCE PA President George Tsereteli joined Olga Oliker and Hugh Pope on the podcast of the International Crisis Group to discuss how the OSCE is coping in these unprecedented times, what action…
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International
July 8, 2019

Delivering Remarks at OSCE Luxembourg 2019 – Gender Report

Speaking on my gender report at Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe Parliamentary Assembly plenary session. We must take an inter-sectional approach, end stereotypes and understand the individuality of…
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International
February 5, 2019

Dr. Hedy Fry at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland

On Feb. 5th I spoke at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland where I graduated in 1968 as a physician. It was an honour to go back, at the request…
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International
July 10, 2018

Dr. Hedy Fry Delivers her Annual Report on Gender Issues to the OSCE PA

Report by Dr. Hedy Fry, Special Representative for Gender Issues to the OSCE PA July 10, 2018 Berlin
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