Ambassador Pedro Vergés attended the discussion panel "Freedom of Expression: A Pillar of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights," organized by the Office of Human Rights, Liberties and Inclusion (OHRFI), a subdivision of Global Affairs Canada. The panel was moderated by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Chrystia Freeland, and included the following experts in the field:
Brendan de Caires, Executive Director of PEN Canada, a chapter of the renowned PEN International of England, founded in Montreal in 1926 to promote, from the Canadian territory, the freedom of expression as a fundamental human right of novelists, essayists and poets; Rachel Pulfer, Executive Director of Journalists for Human Rights (JHR), an institution dedicated to training journalists in the preparation of reports on human rights; Luz Mely Reyes, a Venezuelan investigative journalist who was recognized in 2018 with the "Freedom of Expression" award, granted by the Committee to Protect Journalists; and Rachel Vincent, Executive Director-Advocacy and Media at the Nobel Women's Initiative, an organization that, through the action and positive influence of six women who have been awarded the Nobel Prize, seeks to expand the visibility of women who are currently fighting for peace, justice and equality.
The panel was followed by a reception in which the guests were able talk in more details about topics discussed by the panelists during the central dialogue. Ambassador Vergés appreciated the efforts and proactive attitude of Canada in matters related to human rights worldwide and reiterated the commitment of the Dominican Republic to guarantee the freedom of expression of the national media.