The CMHR, it may be said, purports to show the gradual revelation of earthly justice by law; closely identifying this universalism with the policies of the Canadian state.
Every state obfuscates (or outrightly denies) its own abuses of humanity; but the CMHR operates at just such a strategic distance from the state as to allow critique and, more tellingly, a certain disavowal.
is the world's only museum solely dedicated to exploring the concept of human rights as a force for positive change.
There's deep irony here as well because the CMHR has focused on the very genocidal crimes--Hitler's Holocaust and Stalin's Holodomor (the Ukrainian famine of 19321933)--that erupted from the humanism the museum ostensibly celebrates.
And it's on this tradition that the CMHR has been built, all the squabbling notwithstanding.
Which may explain why the CMHR also features ubiquitous posters of human rights activists and other icons of doing-good, from Harvey Milk to Bishop Desmond Tutu.
Canadian Dimension hopes and hopes profoundly that the CMHR
will put untold stories like this, stories rarely featured in our media, in its spotlight.
A centerpiece of the CMHR experience is a large gallery on the third floor entitled 'Canadian Journeys.
Like all successful modern museums, the CMHR presents the visitor with particular human rights issues from different intellectual perspectives using every conceivable type of media treatment.
Eberts added that in the event the CMHR
is unable to offer an unflinching representation of Canada's treatment of Indigenous people, the museum will be "an outstanding failure of stewardship.
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