Prime Minister Justin Trudeau released a statement on Monday in remembrance of victims of communism and Nazism.
The statement comes on what is known as Black Ribbon day, officially known in the European Union as the Europe-wide Day of Remembrance for the victims of all totalitarian and authoritarian regimes, is an international day of remembrance for victims of totalitarian regimes, specifically Stalinist, communist, Nazi and fascist regimes.
“Today, I join communities around the world to remember the victims of Communism and Nazism in Europe. We stand with the survivors and their descendants, and with all those who continue to face violence and persecution from authoritarian and totalitarian regimes," wrote Trudeau.
The date of Black Ribbon Day marks the anniversary of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact, "an agreement which led to the violent rearrangement of Eastern and Central Europe."
"Many of those who escaped this persecution found refuge in Canada with the hope of building a new life. They, along with their descendants, have made extraordinary contributions to our country and have helped build the diverse and strong Canada that we know today.
"We all have a role to play in defending and protecting human rights and democracy, both here at home and around the world. Liberals will continue to work with our partners to prevent crimes like these from happening, and together, we will condemn crimes against humanity and hold those responsible accountable.
"Today, I invite all Canadians to honour the victims of Europe on Black Ribbon Day. For our part, we will continue to work hard to make Canada and the world a safer place to call home. To all those who continue to face life under threat of violent regimes, Canada stands with you."
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